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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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Amazing mosaics

It's difficult to get a feeling of what life was like in this Roman house despite the best efforts of the informative illustrations but the mosaics still in situ are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I love Roman history and am an avid reader of roman fiction and non fiction. This is a great job by the Maltese in restoring a Roman villa. The floor mosaics are superb as are the statues. Overall a great visit for anyone interested in history or antiquity. the chap behind the counter was also a gent and very helpful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It's difficult to get a feeling of what life was like in this Roman house despite the best efforts of the informative illustrations but the mosaics still in situ are extraordinary. We've seen a lot of mosaics in our time - from the British Museum to the Tunis Museum, from Pompeii and Paphos to those in St Albans - but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Another of those sites which is interesting and pleasant enough to visit but is not a 'must do'. Would not have bothered if had not been part of the Malta Heritage Sites Pass.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My wife and I spent three weeks on Malta and Gozo. After a fair amount of research, I decided to purchase The Heritage Malta Multisite Pass with this site being included in 50 euro purchase price. This is a very interesting site to visit and should not be missed while in Rabat. The layout is impressive. Larry & Kelly, Georgetown,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a small but wonderful place just outside the main gates of Mdina. There is a museum first of all showing the fantastic mosaic floors, statues and other finds from the remains of Roman Villa. Then you go outside to see the actual remains of the villa. There isn't really much left to see if the villa and you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Well organised,clearly displayed and with excellent notes on all exhibits. Really gives you a good view of what life must have been like in the Domus Romana. Shows some beautifully preserved mosaics and artefacts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Now I understand how a Roman of high standing and his household lived. Absolutely fascinating. The floor mosaics were beautiful, and the audio guide excellent. Very worthwhile visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A bite sized bit of Roman history. Especially good to visit if you have young, (or easily bored) kids, or tired feet, as the main attraction, the mosaics can be easily digested. If you have more time you can of course spend it looking at the displays which come before the galleries, and which offer a good insight into the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Excellent small roman townhouse with stunning mosaic floor. Disabled access and loo. Highly recommend

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Romiley, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

As one of the only Roman things left on Malta Domus Romana is worth a visit, although quite small it contains some wonderful mosiacs and artefacts from the Roman occupation. A must for anyone interested in Roman History.

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