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Domus Romana

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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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We visited this little museum built around original Roman mosaics in February 2015. The gift shop was closed, as was the garden outside. We were in there no more than 45 minutes... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited this little museum built around original Roman mosaics in February 2015. The gift shop was closed, as was the garden outside. We were in there no more than 45 minutes and we had the place entirely to ourselves. The mosaics and artifacts were great to see, however I felt the entrance price of 6 Euro each was slightly... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

When we arrived in Malta, we knew the top stops that we wanted to make for our week there, but didn't know about this for some reason... or had discounted it. We ended up getting a Malta historic pass of some sort at the Knights of Malta museum in Valetta for our family. So glad we did as we decided... More 

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Seville, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Nice little museum, containing some colons, statues and mosaics, which have been preserved very well. Definitely worth a visit just for the sake of seeing them.

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Naxxar, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Its a very small collection, but in my opinion of high quality artifacts from the Roman era. Well worth a visit.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I love roman history so was excited to find this place. They have 2 original mosaics which are apparently in their original place and they have built the museum around them. There are a few glass cases with a couple of artifacts in but you can see everything in about 20 minutes.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is our second visit to the Roman House and I’m pleased to say it’s been updated since our last visit to account for new findings and artefacts. The main focus is the mosaics, which are undeniably excellent. We know you can go outside to view the remains that are out there, but this wasn’t clear, and we struggled to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Malta is heavy on the history of the Order of St John, but often rather mute on its Roman past. This small villa runs against this trend, providing interesting and often beautiful display of life in Roman times.

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Excellently presently, artefacts well chosen and displayed, great explanations of how the Romans might have lived in the house.

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Hawkinge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This small museum is an excellent introduction for people interested in how people lived in Roman times. It is built around the excavations of a Roman house with superb mosaic floors and decorations. There are easy to understand exhibits on aspects of Roman domestic life from food, to children's toys, room arrangements etc. All very interesting. Well worth a visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Roman house with the best mosaics outside of Pompeii, very quiet & well thought out museum & display. Not many people seemto visit this - we were the only 2 people there despite lots of people getting the little tourist train outside & coach parties arriving to go to Mdina

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