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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 1 week ago

I recommend a visit to a museum of this type, since there aren't that many of these types of museums in the world. Take the time to visit the past.

Thank LAM487
Reviewed 1 week ago

Statues (outside), paintings and a history/propaganda video (inside). Explanations are in English but I had difficulty understanding the people and subjects. Who was struggling against who? Who were partisans? This museum is difficult to find. It is inside a compound with a gate in a...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The introductory propaganda film was interesting and informative but I would like to have seen something on the collapse of Bulgarian communism too (altho I guess that's not really the point of this museum). The art exhibition wasn't quite what I was expecting - thought...More

Thank Jackie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gem a museum is hidden behind a swanky business/car centre. It's around 6Lev pp. The statues are stunning with a description of each. Inside the museum is a great collection of beautiful, dark and emotional artwork. There are detailed essays posted around and a...More

Thank TonyMcKeown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to see some of the statues and art from the communist era. It's a shame that the statues do not have more of a description about when they were made where in the city they were as it could have made the museum even...More

Thank Liamhely
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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 14 June 2017

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 13 June 2017 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 1 June 2017

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
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