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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2145 4125
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Description: 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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Little museum but very lovely.

The only reason this doesn't get 5/5 is its size. What there is, is lovely but very limited. We really enjoyed our visit and it is good value as part of the combined Rabat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The only reason this doesn't get 5/5 is its size. What there is, is lovely but very limited. We really enjoyed our visit and it is good value as part of the combined Rabat Museum offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Nice experience ,very well kept, giving a clear story of Malta past during centuries of of foreign rule!!!

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Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

If you want to complete your appreciation of Malta's rich history in full a visit to the Domus Romana is a must.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Remains of a small Roman villa, very near Mdina. The main highlight is an exquisite floor mosaic which is in excellent shape. This one equals those we have seen in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Well, they provided me with fascinating hour or so for starters. The impressive array of artefacts and the detailed information on the walls provide a decent overview of how the household would have operated. For me, the mosaics were a definite highlight. I don't know how one could possibly fail to marvel at their intricacy, as well as the startling... More 

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Messina, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

After having visited the Villa del Casale in Sicily, which hosts the most beautiful mosaics I've ever seen in my life, this villa has very few interesting things to show. Since I bought the "Heritage Malta" Ticket, which gives access to all Heritage Malta Sites, I wanted to visit this place. I can't say it isn't interesting, it always testimony... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you are interested in Roman history then you will find this little museum interesting. There are lots of explanatory posters giving information on the daily life in a Roman villa, and it is great to see the mosaics preserved insitu. I would have loved to have been able to explore the outer parts of the villa - it would... More 

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Skien, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Domus Romana is just 5 minutes walk from main enterance to Medina. Wantet to go there to see the floor mosaic. The color and shadows are great. They have a lot more ther to, like old glass that looks beautiful. But the floor is the high light, if you ask me... Toilets inside as well, if you need.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The mosaics inside are very well preserved, but the layout is too much like a museum so you do not see them as they were meant to be seen - understandable since they need to be preserved. The remain of the villa outside did not really add much either. Good to see the mosaics though

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Akaa, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Interesting museum, it’s quite small, but worth visiting because of the mosaic and platform of roman house inside the museum and because the ruins of roman quarter on backyard of the museum.

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