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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Alison Tabone Mirasole (17 months ago)
A jump back in time, worth a visit
annacassarparnis@gmail.com annamark (2 years ago)
This Roman Villa is rich architecture and Beautiful mosaics and it shows our long Wonderful heritage on our tiny Island
Paul Farrugia (2 years ago)
Recommended to see. Aplace you don't have to missedwhen you visit Malta.
Paul Farrugia (2 years ago)
Recommended to see. Aplace you don't have to missedwhen you visit Malta.
Paulo Oliveira (2 years ago)
Nice historical place to visit. Right outside Mdina, it is a great first place to visit on a tour around historical Mdina. A good few shops and eating options around the area.
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