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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
Phone Number:
+356 2145 4125
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at...

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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The Domus Romana is not a full museum, it is the remains of a roman house that once stood and a collection of artefacts found within. Much of the mosaic floor is still in tact... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Domus Romana is not a full museum, it is the remains of a roman house that once stood and a collection of artefacts found within. Much of the mosaic floor is still in tact which forms the most impressive part of the 'musuem'. We did not spend long here however it was still a worthwhile visit.

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Cumbria England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

There were some really beautiful artefacts in this museum and the signage was very clear and informative. However, there was no sense of the people who once lived in that Roman villa, which could have been provided with even just a few pictorial images of what people may have worn, what they may have been eating etc. Sometimes words just... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Although my family and I only had a half hour to visit before closing it was well worth it for the quantity and quality of artifacts as well as the excellent explanatory panels. History buffs and ancient Rome aficionados could easily spend an hour or more here. It's free if you have a Heritage Malta pass--highly recommended. Enjoy!

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I didn't really feel like there was a lot here to see. The ruins that are outside can actually be seen from the street (for free). The inside basically has 2 rooms. One with some tiles and the other with old relics. What was there was good, but just very little of it.

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Not a big museum, it is a small collection. The main attraction is the big mosaic in the house which is a real gem.

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

This was the most interesting part of our day in Mdina and Rabat, beyond strolling around the walled city. A nice exhibit, informative and with a varied collection of artefacts. Good if caught in the rain.

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Innsbruck, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Was positively surprised upon entering about the presentation and interesting exhibit, specifically the beautyfull central mosaic and related explanations. The museum itself has had some history too which is also being told.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The only surviving Roman house on Malta, the Domus Romana is small but its relatively few contents are so well displayed and made so accessible for visitors. The floor mosaics are good, with an extraordinary 3-D effect on one. The statues are from the early Roman period, when quality was at its height with the most wonderful carving of folds... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This small Roman villa is worth visiting as it is fairly well-preserved. The floor mosaics are of course part of the draw, or the main part.

Thank YVRcockroach
Lakenheath, Suffolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a small museum with some nice mosaics and some Roman items. Only good value as we got tickets as part of a deal, with 3 other attractions. What we saw was interesting, but don't expect to stay very long.

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