The Red Flat

The Red Flat, Sofia: Hours, Address, The Red Flat Reviews: 5/5

Art Museums • History Museums
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10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Red Flat is not a typical museum, but an interactive experience and a time machine aiming to send you back to the 1980’s - the last stage of the communist regime in Bulgaria. By entering the flat, you will visit the home of an average family and discover what everyday life was like for ordinary Bulgarians during the Cold War.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Ignacio M
Sofia, Bulgaria26 contributions
Sep 2020
This was definitely one of the most interesting and “different” museums that I have ever visited! Well, I would actually say “experienced”, because this is what this is. An experience. It was very interesting entering the flat and spending some time inside, it truly feels like a time machine that takes you back in time to the 1980s. The audio guide is very well done, where all of it is very well explained, and it is great that you can touch/smell/feel all that is in the flat (the books, the chairs, the toys..)

I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about how it was back then, and who wants to experience something completely different.

Kalina, the tour guide that accompanied us to the flat, was super nice and helpful. After my visit, she even offered me more advice on what to do/where to visit during my stay in Sofia, and she was kind enough to chat with me for a while answering my questions :) Thank you so much Kaline!
Written September 9, 2020
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Thank you so much for the positive vibe. Kalina is real gem indeed!
Written September 16, 2020
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Lea Boublil
4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We loved the experience. The place was interactive. We could touch the objects, open the closets, really explore the house.
A suitcase on a room could serve as an explanation on how did the tourism work during the communist period for example, so it was much more than just seeing objects. The audioguide was interesting and clear
Written April 25, 2022
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Alex Apostolakis
13 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in a “museum”. It felt like we traveled back in time during communist Bulgaria as we were wandering freely in the apartment. We were allowed to touch literally anything we wanted and the way the stories were being told was exceptional. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Bulgaria and the way of living there in the 1980s.
Written May 15, 2021
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback!
Written August 24, 2021
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Naomi C
6 contributions
Jan 2020
Although hidden, this place is a gem! You buy your ticket in the Red Flat shop near Vitosha Street, and then go across the street and round a corner to the museum - on the 2nd floor, look for the door with the sticker and knock loudly or ring the bell - otherwise you may be left outside!

Great showcase of how people lived in 1980s Bulgaria; English audioguide was very good, options to skip or listen to all the short clips, which are really interesting and tell you about life in Communist Bulgaria through the objects there. Clearly made and labelled, for English in particular.

The exhibition is fully interactive, you can touch whatever is there, and even eat the treats that are left out! This would make it more appealing to kids too.

It's not a very big apartment, but if you want to listen to the whole guide and wander around a bit, I would say 1 1/2 - 2 hours needed :)
Written February 16, 2020
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Thanks a lot for the positive feedback. We are now finishing the Spanish version:)
Written February 19, 2020
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Yaffa M
Jerusalem, Israel84 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
This extraordinary museum was a unique experience i recommend highly!
It feels like you are entering a time capsule and there is a lot of cool stuff to see and really interesting information and stories!
The museum is built in an immersing way and you can walk around by yourself and listen to the audio guide. The history is very intresting and gives a wider perspective and understanding of sofia.
I enjoyed this very much.
Also they are the nicest people they open the museum just for me and i really appreciated that.
To summarize- this is so cool you should definitely visit
Written October 6, 2020
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Thank you so much, we do our best for every visitor: ) Really glad that you made it on your last day in Sofia.
Written October 7, 2020
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FlygalQuinn
Canada15 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
First kudos to the host. I was having trouble paying on the website & he was so nice & patient. This is such a unique way to tell the history outside of the usual walking tour. It takes you back in time as if you are living there. They encourage you to touch, read and even eat the exhibits. You get an MP3 player to listen to the narrator as you move room to room (# by #). I can see this being replicated in other countries. I'm so glad I was able to support this organization. Thanks!
Written January 5, 2020
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback, we also hope to see more interactive museums in the future.
Written January 6, 2020
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Emma O
9 contributions
Mar 2022
We found this a really interesting and important place to visit. A completely different and unique way of presenting information - we could really picture what life was like for the family described in the flat. Loved the fact that it was so interactive. The guide at the end was really friendly and knowledgeable, we could have stayed for hours chatting! Highly recommend.
Written April 5, 2022
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Vili21
38 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This place is one of a kind, it offers one very interesting experience with the unique posibility to travel back in time. The flat is perfectly preserved and all the stuff inside are 100% authentic. Don't miss this spot when in Sofia
Written August 31, 2020
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback! Much appreciated: )
Written September 1, 2020
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James M
Qormi, Malta3 contributions
Oct 2020
This museum is a unique experience with special attention to detail on the stories that are told to you. I really appreciated the fact that they opened the museum just for me as I was the only one (during this global pandemic). I really loved it and good value for money considering that your stay is about 1.5hrs (€9).
Written October 14, 2020
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Thank you so much, you are welcome: )
Written October 15, 2020
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Haude G
2 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
We were a group of 6 friends getting back in the time of the communist Bulgaria into the Red Flat. We all had a great free tour of Sofia the day before, and thanks to Mitko, our guide, we heard about this Red Flat where he attended us the next day. It was a great experience, finally a "museum" where you can touch everything! We litteraly put on the clothes of the bulgarian family who could have lived there. The audio is plenty of details and explanations, combined with the decorations and furnitured of the apartment, we all traveled back in time. We felt like we could understand way better the history of Bulgaria and the inhabitants of its capital. Thank you so much to the Red Flat team! This is defintly a must see in Sofia !
Written November 9, 2020
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Thank you so much, Mitko is a real gem on his own :)
Written August 24, 2021
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The Red Flat is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM