Heritage Malta will be opening free of charge the National Museum of Natural History and the Domvs Romana on Wednesday 13th December, a public holiday.
The National Museum of Natural History is situated in Mdina in an eighteenth century palace, restructured by Grand Master Antonio de Vilhena, with plans by Charles Francois de Mondion in 1726. Designed in Parisian Baroque style, the Vilhena Palace also served as a temporary hospital until 1973 when it was inaugurated as the National Museum of Natural History.
The Domvs Romana is situated on the outskirts of Mdina. The small museum is built around the remains of a rich aristocratic Roman town house 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 allows visitors to get a glimpse of life in Roman domestic household, ranging from fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink.
Both museums will open between 9.00am and 5.00pm, last admission at 4.30pm.
All other Heritage Malta museums and sites will open as usual at the normal admission fees.