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“Very interesting into the culture from the socialist era.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Socialist Art

Museum of Socialist Art
7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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Ranked #15 of 65 attractions in Sofia
Type: Art Museums
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Washington, DC
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“Very interesting into the culture from the socialist era.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The museum is located outside the city center, but is about 10 drive from the Mall (near the airport) by taxi. The museum is also next to a subway stop, which we took going back to the Mall and hotel. The sculpture garden was pretty nice with the large statues of Lenin which dominate the garden. Inside there were propaganda posters. We stumbled upon the video room in the small gift shop which showed a movie of the former communist leader and the dignitaries who attended his funeral. It was interesting to see what Sofia city center felt like when you compare it with today's view of the Largo for example.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta
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“Small but interesting poster collection from the Communist era”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a small but extremely interesting museum. There isn't much left from the Communist era in Sofia, so it's pretty unique. There is one large room with propaganda posters from Bulgaria, Russia, and China (from what we could tell) and a large yard filled with statues. The yard is dominated by a giant statue of Lenin as well as a Soviet star. All of the posters are subtitled in English as well as Bulgarian, which is helpful. Also, be sure to walk into the gift shop to watch the ~30 minute movie about communism in Bulgaria - it's very interesting and helps set the context for the museum.

Biggest tip: Go find Don B's review of this attraction and use his directions to get there. I have no idea how you would find it otherwise. His directions were perfect (except that there is no Costa Coffee any more, at least that we could see) and we would have been lost otherwise. In fact, we were at Rila Monastery the next day with one other traveler, and when we found out he was planning to visit the museum we gave him our copy of the directions.

Visited June 2013
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pennsylvania
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“Amazing museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This museum is very well organized. It has many interesting artifacts, beautifully presented. Easy place to spend a few hours learning about the history of the region If possible get a guide.

Visited June 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“Unique and Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The museum is made up of old socialist art drawn in from all over the country, and it is fascinating for people who are into politics, history, art, or all three. I went with a small group of students and our native Bulgarian professor, and we had some of the most fun just wandering through the statues outside. There is also an inner portion dedicated to posters and paintings, mostly propaganda, that had English translations up next to each one. People of all ages frequent the place, we saw plenty of small children and their parents. Many people climbed up with the larger statues and posed for pictures, and we also joined in the fun. All around a lively atmosphere, for a museum. There is a small giftshop with postcards and t-shirts near the entrance, and there are also bathrooms available in the building with the posters. Highly recommend it!

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the finest collections of its kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is an amazing resource for anyone interested in the period 1945-1991 in eastern and southeastern Europe. Wow, what a collection.

It's a bit tricky to find, but if you follow the instructions other peopld have posted on here, it's pretty easy. Head for the shopping centre under the left hand tower - go through to the back of the mall and then turn right. It's right there.

Definitely make time to watch the film. It's well worth it.

Visited May 2013
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