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Museum of Socialist Art

7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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The Museum of Socialist Art (MSA) opened on September 19th 2011 as part of the structure of the National Museum of Bulgarian Art and is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The museum consists of a sculptural park (7,500 square metres), where 80 works of monumental sculpture are exhibited at present; and an exhibition hall (550 square metres), designed for works of easel art. There is also a video hall, where archival and documentary films related to the socialist era are projected. The souvenir shop offers authentic items, books and postcards as well as contemporary items. The sculptural area will be supplemented and enriched, while the expositions in the interior part will be periodically updated. Thereby, it will be possible to show different perspectives and diverse curatorial interpretations of the Socialist period in Bulgarian fine arts.
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7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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Reviewed yesterday

Very intriguing place to look around, especially if you are interested in socialist history! There is an outdoor area (with monuments) and an indoor area (with paintings). There is a video playing next to the shop area that is also a must-see.

Thank James19941
Reviewed 1 week ago

I suspect if you're from a country with a communist legacy and have grown up surrounded by these statues and brutalist architecture, it's nothing special but for the rest of us, it's a fascinating window into Bulgaria's recent history. Where else could you see a...More

Thank TKShrewsbury
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bulgaria has worked hard to erase the traces of socialism. But where did all those Lenin heads and red stars go? The Museum of Socialist Art, near G.M. Dimitrov subway station is the answer. The statues are in a park, and the museum itself has...More

Thank ChrisfromLondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a few metro stops outside of the city and not the easiest place to find due to a lack of signs but head south and to the right you should see some statues. Once we found it we asked 2 men who we believe...More

Thank hel_kennedy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The far location from the city centre and it's nearly hidden spot beneath the shadow of business buildings makes it quit easy to miss, especially if you don't summon help from the locals. The garden is the best sight, but most of the statues exposed...More

Thank BerniRoig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has an interesting collection of Socialist statues that were once located around the city. There is also an art gallery of socialist related paintings. The statues are all outside so it's best to visit on a dry day!

Thank pmd76
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you've never seen socialist statues, you might like it. We attended during the free museum nights and it didn't have anything specifically interesting.

Thank DianaKoshedzhiyska
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Great place to spend an hour or two on a nice day. I visted when really quiet so it was quite erie walking among the statues....a little like a graveyard. The cafe was closed and I am not sure if or when it is open....More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The first thing I'd say is this place is purely an art museum so if you're looking for the history of socialism in Bulgaria this is not the place to go. Moving on from that, this museum was great and I ended up having so...More

2  Thank Kiana S
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Entry to sculpture park was 2 BGN. Easy Metro ride from the city centre + a short walk to the site. The day I set aside to visit the museum was, of course, the day day they were setting up a new exhibition ... !!!...More

1  Thank Ken M
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