Extended hours and price reduced for National Museum of Natural History and Domvs Romana during Medieval Mdina

To celebrate Medieval Mdina, between 5th and 6th May, Heritage Malta will extend the opening hours of the National Museum of Natural History and the Domvs Romana at a heavily reduced combined ticket of €2.

The Domvs Romana, situated just outside the walls of the city of Mdina, 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. Visitors will also get the chance to view the polychrome mosaics that originally adorned the house’s peristyle and the surrounding rooms. These mosaics are regarded among the finest mosaics in the central Mediterranean.

The National Museum of Natural History is situated in Mdina in an eighteenth century palace, built by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena. In fact this building is still known as Vilhena Palace. In the early 20th century the palace was converted into a
hospital until it was closed down in 1956. Following extensive restoration, the National Museum of Natural History was inaugurated in June 1973. The main responsibility of the museum is the acquisition, collection, conservation and study of natural history specimens, especially those originating from the Maltese Islands. The current display areas in the museum cover various topics such as Maltese geology and palaeontology (fossils), small island habitats, marina fauna, insects, shells and birds, and other topics like human evolution.

The Medieval Mdina Festival will be organised in the streets of Mdina by the local council. During this two-day event there will be re-enactments by foreign and local groups, Medieval music, sbandieratori, illusionists, jesters, falconry and birds of prey, lectures, concerts, a Medieval market, Medieval kitchen and children’s area.

On both days, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May, the National Museum of Natural History and Domvs Romana will open between 9.00am and 6.00pm, last admission at 5.30pm. Both sites can be visited by a combined ticket of €2.

On Saturday 5th May two guided tours of the remains behind the Domvs Romana will be held at 1030hrs and 1330hrs. The number of participants is limited. TICKETS for these tours are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites and ONLINE for the price of €10 for adults, €9 for seniors and students and €8 for children and Heritage Malta members.

 

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