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Domus Romana

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
+356 2145 4125
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Free on a sunday

A great place to visit just outside of the mdina. Free to visit on a sunday. Buggy and disabled... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ZBH88
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Very interesting.

The inside display and descriptive narrative was excellent, giving a clear account of the history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris B
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OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. This museum was one of the very first to be opened to the public in Malta.The small museum of the Domvs Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domvs) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains from the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also provides a glimpse into the lives of a Roman domestic household, from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink.
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Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great place to visit just outside of the mdina. Free to visit on a sunday. Buggy and disabled friendly. There are lots of information boards provided to read and multiple archelogical finds including the original floor mosaics on the lower floors in a fantastic...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The inside display and descriptive narrative was excellent, giving a clear account of the history of the site, the mosaic floor and the other artifacts on display. However we found the outside area disappointing in that there was very little explanation of the area as...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Domus Romana, Museum Esplanade, Rabat are the ruins of a house from Roman times, located on the border between Mdina and Rabat. The house was built in the first century BC. as an aristocratic townhouse in a Roman city.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

A small museum with nicely presented articles and sculptures found there and across Malta. The exhibits are good specimens. The drapes of the clothing on the marble figures is remarkable. A nice way to complement a visit to Medina. You can then go on into...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

A well-designed museum, filled with impressive artefacts, and a glorious mosaic at its centre. The displays are clear and informative. The museum was empty when we visited, which is very sad a# the museum is a real gem. It should be on everyone’s itinerary.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This little museum is a gem. Its an intimate experience, take your time. Imagine being a child growing up playing on the illusionary mosaic floors, they would have had me spellbound for hours when I was younger. There isn't a huge amount to see and...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The mosaics and the indoor part of the museum were very interesting. The section with the mosaics was well laid out and you could get a good view. It would have been nice to get closer to the outside section of the site.

Thank Rob T
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

The museum has some interesting finds. The mosaics are very nice, especially the small pieces on display at the side. You can't really make much sense of the remains that are outside. It's only small and you don't need long to look round.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Great example of an old Roman house with informative displays. The main draw is a mosaic floor and well preserved statues. Well worth a look, and is included in the Heritage Malta pass.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Don't get too excited. There's not that much to see inside apart from the mosaic tiling. You go outside but it is all cordoned off so you can just stand at the back door. Don't visit this first. You can obtain a multi ticket inside...More

Thank Steve C
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