Archaeology

Domus Romana

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Malta under the Romans

The extraordinary mosaic pavements at the Domus Romana museum will bring you back to the long period of prosperity that Malta enjoyed during the Roman era. The Domus Romana lies just outside Mdina, where once was the Roman city, Melita

The Museum

The museum was built over the remains of a sumptuously decorated Roman town house dating back to around the 1st century BC. It houses a fascinating collection of Roman artefacts of exquisite craftsmanship such as Ladies’ ornately carved bone hairpins, weaving bobbins, a bone-carved baby rattle, terracotta theatrical masks, fine tableware as well as statuary of the Imperial Roman family. It also hosts a unique silver ring recovered from the Islamic cemetery found here.

Don’t miss

  • The mosaic depiction of the ‘Drinking Doves of Sosos’ amongst the wealth of luxurious mosaic floors.
  • A collection of Roman-era glass perfume bottles.
  • Two terracotta ‘personae’ (tragedy/comedy masks in the Greek fashion).
  • The statues of Roman Emperor Claudius and his daughter Antonia.
  • A series of Arab tombstones with Nash and Kufi inscriptions, from the period when the site was used as an Arab cemetery.

Address

Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Malta.

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Public transport

  • Bus 51, 52, 53 from Valletta Bus Terminus.
  • Bus 202, 203 from St. Julians.

Opening hours

  • Mon - Sun from 9am to 5pm. Last admission at 4.30pm.
  • Closed on 24, 25 & 31 Dec, 1 Jan, Good Friday.

Entrance

  • €6 adults, €4.50 concessions, €3 children (6-11 years).

Telephone

+356 21454125

Email

info@heritagemalta.org

Web

www.heritagemalta.org