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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
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+356 2145 4125
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Best Roman site in Malta

Small museum with part of a Roman house including artifacts and mosaics. Worth a visit and works well with the tourist train and then a trip into the old city of Mdina.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Small museum with part of a Roman house including artifacts and mosaics. Worth a visit and works well with the tourist train and then a trip into the old city of Mdina.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Has artefacts about how history of city, how site was found, exhibits & how it was preserved etc. Small but not impressed. Have seen most of them during special exhibitions like Pompeii at British museum in London. If you havent seen it already then it would interest you. Its just outside Mdina old city. Has toilets. Not sure if it... More 

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Thank Orange P
Riverview, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are not from Europe and have not seen much Roman ruins then this place is a must see. It is small, 2 rooms showing roman moasic floors, pillars, found statues and explanations of the history. Out the back is actual foundation stone ruins, quite neat. I love seeing Roman historical places.

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Thank Robert B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Domus Romana is a Roman villa in Rabat. The site is small and consists of a small museum and some wonderful mosaic floors. Remains of walls can be seen outside, but it is not possible to walk among the ruins. Students get a discount

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Thank Louise J
Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a weak site if you are used to the mosaics of the eastern med but in Malta terms it is very significant. The house which is just outside the city of Medina shows how a roman family would have lived. It give a taste of what life would have been like during the Roman occupation and is helpful... More 

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Thank MarpleTraveller
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was very interesting but very small only a two rooms museum. The mosaic is really good with nice colours and also you can find information about the Roman period in Malta. Notice, that you can see the ruins(not the mosaic) from the street if you don't want to go inside. 6€ ticket I think is to expensive for what... More 

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Thank Themis E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from the mosaics (which were not spectacular) and the remains of the statues, there was not a great deal to arouse the visitor's interest. There was an area of exposed walls and stonework behind the reception area, but no explanation of how it related to the rooms in the Domus itself. I may have missed it, but I should... More 

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Thank Peter S
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walls are covered with a lot af interesting information about Roman life in Malta and the finds made whilst excavation of the site. Within the house there are incomplete mosaic floors, some less than others.

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Thank GoonerGav
Leeds, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning mosaic floors and interesting, informative signage. Loved this place. Get the combined ticket for excellent value.

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Thank Lorraine C
Hudson River Valley, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I adore mosaics, so we always make an effort to visit museums/sites that feature them. This museum is conveniently located just outside the walls of Mdina, and has a beautifully preserved large/colorful floor mosaic (see photo) along with a nice display showing various patterns.

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