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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2145 4125
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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There isn't much left of Roman Malta so it was interesting to see the high quality mosaic and read about what has been found. Good information and plenty of exhibits - but for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

There isn't much left of Roman Malta so it was interesting to see the high quality mosaic and read about what has been found. Good information and plenty of exhibits - but for the Roman enthusiast, I think.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I think we paid around 6 euros for entrance and we were satisfied with the exhibit and the info on it. We were only there for about 30 minutes but it was very neat to see such an old foundation and there is even more outside the back that you can view. They have interesting artifacts and it is great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Good exhibition and information, quite a lot of reading but all good in Maltese and English, some interesting objects too. The ruins and mosaics are amazing, again a lot of written information to explain these that does help to picture what it would have been like. Might be good to see some other kinds of interpretation or further reading else... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We were in Malta in 2014 Christmas period and stayed at Mellieha. On our 4th day we went to Mdina along with Rabat and Bugibba. We took bus number 41/42 towards Valletta at about 8am and got down at Targa. We walked about 100m backwards on 41/42 route towards Cirkewwa from the five crossing junction to get X3 bus to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A short walk outside the walls of Mdina; don't miss this little gem with beautiful tiles & an informative little garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This museum built around a roman house is surprisingly small. It has nice, excavated mosaics, interesting information panels and is esthetically pleasing. It might be too boring for children as there's a lot of written text, but for history buffs it's a must see!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a small but well laid out collection of Roman artefacts and finds on the site of a Roman villa in Rabat. Two or three of the mosaic floors are well preserved and presented together with a few column bases. It's quite interesting to see how one of the owners had a section of mosaics repaired with lower quality... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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