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Museum of Socialist Art

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Address: 7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
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The Museum of Socialist Art (MSA) opened on September 19th 2011 as part of...

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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A nice small museum - if you can find it! ;) We enjoyed our stay here - remember to stop by the tourist shop and pick up some very interesting souvenirs.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
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Carrieres-sous-Poissy, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A wonderful and unique museum focussing on the art of the communist era. The most difficult part is finding it as it is situated in the suburbs of Sofia requiring a metro ride and once there, it is very poorly signposted. If you manage to find it however, it is a real treasure.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

You can kill 30 min or an hour walking around statues and seeing socialist art.The museum is interesting but it doesn't show anything more spectacular than the things you can't see on the streets of Sofia or smaller cities.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

A nice small museum - if you can find it! ;) We enjoyed our stay here - remember to stop by the tourist shop and pick up some very interesting souvenirs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

This museum gathers pictures from artist who created during the socialist era. Through the selection one can get a good idea of the life during this period. The star in the garden is the one which was on the top of the communist party building in the city center.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

The garden of statues alone is worth the trip which is a bit out of the centre, 15 minutes and about 4 euro by taxi or with the metro 80 cents and a bit of a walk. Lots of interesting portraits, posters and busts of communist leaders from around the world. There's also a video room with footage from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The museum is divided into 3 parts, a room showing video footage of life in Bulgaria during communist times, which I found very interesting. Then a room with art work of Lenin, Stalin and Georgi Dimitrov. Outside were a grave yard of statues including the star that was once on top of the Communist Party HQ building in Sofia. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

You could be the sorrow of the people trapped in many of the statues and paintings in the area. The place itself was a little tricky to find, it's right next to a shopping center where just 30 meters up the road you must go through a gate with a security guard that'll pretty much knoe you're there for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

It's a trek from central Sofia but it's close to Dimitrov metro. When you exit the station. Look out for the Sopharma business towers. It's a modern complex whose modern architecture sets it apart from the communist era apartments. The museum is next door. Go through the gatehouse which has a guard posted. The museum is divided into three areas.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This museum has kept a lot of weird and some even good looking pieces of art from the time Bulgaria was a communist country. The yard is impressive with it's statues and if you are lucky you can make photos with great light at sunset.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Not the easiest of places to find as it is not that well sign posted and does not really look like a museum. I suppose it might have been easier to find if everything wasn't covered in snow though. Once you actually find the place it is nice to wander about all the statues in the garden area. It is... More 

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