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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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Stunning mosaics, interesting museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Wrexham, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Villar Perosa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are not many testimonies of the Roman times , but the mosaic on the floor of the interior chamber is worth the visit , along with the few statues , very beautiful . The ruins outside can give just a rough idea of the size of this villa and of the shops and buildings surrounding it .

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You would think that on Malta, having been occupied by the Romans for several hundred years, there would be a lot of sites to visit but this isn't the case; it would seem that the few Roman sites are in private ownership or have been destroyed over the centuries but this is one that can be visited and is well... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The Domus Romana lies just outside the entrance to Mdina and has on display some remains of a Roman house. Unfortunately the British built a railway through some of the area but if you want to see mosaic floors and some remains, it is worth a visit. Heritage Malta provide a pass to all the heritage sites which can be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Domus Romana is close to Mdina and all the places to visit in Rabat, so if you are in the area it is worth a visit. The museum before the ruins is very good, I think I liked this more than the ruins themselves! There is some ruins indoors and then more outside. It's not a huge place and... More 

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Gdynia, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Very nice spot to familiar yourself with "Romanian" times of Malta. Many interesting items presented inside. The amazing mozaics on the floor, really worth to visit. Behind building - there are remains (basements) of the houses located there. Very nice spot. "Malta Discount Card" recognized.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Even though the site is small, it's fascinating and beautiful! Certainly worth a visit if you're in Mdina/Rabat. The museum is good even though it's small, and the Roman Villa's floors are well preserved and impressive. Air conditioned. Make sure you get a multi-pass if you plan on going to several other museums in Malta!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The Domus Romana is wrth a visit, even though there is not very much to see here if you have seen classical Roman houses before.

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