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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2145 4125
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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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It is certainly not a must see, rather small, a few nice mosaics, very well explained. A lot of guess work.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is certainly not a must see, rather small, a few nice mosaics, very well explained. A lot of guess work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was a bit confusing as there really was not an organized presentation of the museum contents. The tile floors were interesting and there were several patterns that we had not seen before. The information about how the tiles and designs were made into floors was also interesting. Small museum though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is part of your Heritage Pass. Having been to Pompei and Herculaneum, this site rivals both, but on a much smaller scale. The colored tiles and designs are as well preserved as any I have seen. People who like this type of art will fall in love with it.

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So much history in Malta and here's some more. Staff were friendly and the exhibit very well interpreted. Signage in English and Maltese. Take some time to appreciate the craftsmanship.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are lovers of Roman mosaics and during our travels have seen many. These ones in particular are a very small representation of the Roman era on Malta but definitely worth a look. Don't expect a lot - there are really only two floors of mosaics, but a lot of effort has been put into the museum presentation and putting... More 

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Marsaskala Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Go back in history and admire what our ancestors lived like in the Roman era. The beauty of the mosaics is something that makes you wonder.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Situated just outside the Mdina bastions, any bus that passes through Rabat will get you here. Ours was a short visit as part of our visit to the Rabat Mdina. The Roman domus, which was discovered in 1881 has been beautifully restored and gives one a very good idea of how a well to do Roman family would have lived.... More 

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Wrexham, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The highlight must be the mosaic floors, they’re awesome. Living in the UK, I’ve never seen mosaics as good as these. However it is frustrating that you don’t get close to the rest of the ruins. This was the home of an important Roman (later his family fell on hard times, as rough repairs testify). Sadly the early excavations weren’t... More 

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Nottingham, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is a museum telling the history of roman life on Malta set around the excavation of some wonderful mosaic flooring. Sadly access to the outside ruins is locked ('the door is broken' we were told; more likely the exit through the shop is closed as we found out outside).

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

This is a small museum containing objects from a 1st century B.C. Roman house found there. Items are labelled and there is one full mosaic floor. Worth a visit if you are interested in Roman history which we were.

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