Domus Romana

Rabat, Malta

The small museum of the Domus Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domus) 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 enough of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.

The building housing the remains of the domus was partly built immediately after the first excavation to protect the uncovered mosaics. Most of the Roman artefacts and antiquities, including the few remaining marble pieces scattered in the streets of Mdina were transferred to this museum, which was officially opened to the public in February 1882. Throughout the years the Museum continued to hold Roman material and it soon became an open storage space for all the Roman artefacts found around the Island.

The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also allows visitors to get a glimpse of life in a Roman domestic household. Apart from showing the complex history of the site, the current museum display is in fact designed to take the visitor through the various aspects of a Roman family and household with aspects ranging from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink.

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Wesgha tal-Muzew, Rabat, Malta
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Founded: c. 75 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Malta

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User Reviews

Lauren Munro (18 months ago)
Love the original mosaic floor which has been preserved here. Lots of other interesting artefacts and information. Small museum which you don't need to set aside more than an hour for and worthwhile if you are interested in the Roman era.
Viacheslav Shestopalov (18 months ago)
Amazing Roman mosaic floor preserved in good condition. A smiling stone mask masks, exhibited here too, can become a funny meme. This is an unusual, non-Maltese site but still worth visiting. And it's located just 3 min walk from Mdina city gates.
Ognian Dimitrov (2 years ago)
Extremely interesting small museum. These are reconstructed remnants of a rich ancient Roman villa. The most interesting here are the very well-preserved ancient Roman mosaics.
Radu Savin (2 years ago)
I liked it very much. Nice mosaics
John Bye (2 years ago)
Interesting little museum centred around a couple of well preserved mosaic floors from an old Roman home on the site. Sadly not much else survived a combination of road building and early 20th century excavations, but for 5 euros it's well worth a look if you're interested in this kind of thing, and it's right next to the main bus stops outside the walls of Mdina.
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