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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 6 days ago

Bit of a trek to get here, or else we went the wrong way. Great video at the start and a lovely little gift shop. Garden with all the statues was very good and the art gallery was ok. Not that big overall and I...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum contains artworks which were removed from their original location because they were related to the communist era and regime. In the garden of the museum there are about 80 sculptures and within the building there are additional sculptures, paintings and documents. Due to...More

1  Thank Marco_Polo499
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Third museum of this sort that I have visited and this one was the best. Large collection of statues and paintings. Friendly English speaking staff. Videos subtitled. Art with English descriptions. A little hard to find but it was an adventure for the taxi driver...More

Thank earth-is-home-com
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I expected to see an exhibition of paintings and posters, as indicated by previous TA posts, but didn't see any posters. These to me are emblematic of the Soviet era, so their absence was a disappointment. Highlight of the visit was a video depicting life...More

Thank bingham2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not a fan of communism but I do believe it important to preserve some of the statues from that failed era to inform and educate and to remember the impact this past had in Sofia. The philosophy behind the socialist artwork in stone...More

Thank cvalentino
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You need to get the metro here (get off at Dimitriov station, better directions available from the tourist office at the Sofia university subway station near Tsar Alex's statue). There's a splendid garden outside, full of statues of the Soviet era and lots of stirring...More

Thank 5onholiday
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Combined the visit as part of a city tour in a period Trabant car. The museum rounds up both the public statues (removed from the streets when the regime fell) which are outside in the grounds and a lovely collection of Soviet and socialist paintings...More

Thank LukeGodber
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This museum is a bit out of the town so we decided to do it on the way to the airport. The nearest metro station is on the same line so it made sense. A but tricky to find but don't let the guards outside...More

Thank Olly_Mayhew
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Am so glad to visit this little gem of a museum which showcases sculptures and artwork highlighting the power and human sacrifice of Socialism, some of which were very moving. I especially enjoyed the many sculptures of Lenin and Georgi Dimitrov, the first Communist leader...More

Thank doofvfood
Reviewed 24 September 2017

It is quite a bit out of the city and difficult to get to. In addition, it is pricey enough and although quite interesting not really worth it.

Thank travelpassion
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