Museum of Socialist Art

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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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Levi N
Fairfax, VA610 contributions
This place is a mixed bag. It's cool to walk around the statue park. It's free and they have some interesting statues. There's not much else to it. They have some videos of very low quality you can pay to watch that shows Communist propaganda. It's fairly cheap, but even at that it's not worth it. They also have an art exhibit that has nothing to do with the Communist period. It's an okay exhibit on it's own but not worth the trek out to the museum or the very cheap price. It's unfortunate cause there is potential to have a very good museum here.
Written December 26, 2021
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Kristen T
Stuttgart, Germany763 contributions
After seeing this museum featured on an episode of Rick Steves' travel show, I had been wanting to visit. The museum is a little bit out of the way and the inside display is small but the outside area with all the statues is interesting and great for photos. I thought the red star piece was going to be better displayed within the statue area, so that was a bit disappointing. The inside was not air conditioned so it was a little warm. My only suggestion would be to have fans throughout for some air flow and breezes. We visited on a very warm day, so I'm sure through most of the year it would not be an issue. Overall, I don't think it's really something to go out of your way to see but I enjoyed it.
Written July 7, 2022
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Pedro P
Matosinhos, Portugal13 contributions
Solo
The museum is only open Thursday to Sunday, from 10h to 18h, as of October 2021.

It is still possible to see the statues outside, though. For me that was worth the 1,60lev metro ride.

If you have the time, it's a lovely walk back to the center through the park.
Written November 17, 2021
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Kostas P
4 contributions
Family
There are not much to see in this museum. There is a good video documentary to see there, some statues and paintings for 3-4 communist leaders (many for each one) and some workers and some other paintings. But ticket is cheap 3-6 lev.
Written July 26, 2022
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Stefan
London, UK6 contributions
Overall an interesting experience, especially if you're interested in art and or Bulgaria's socialist past.

The museum was a bit difficult to find, as it is outside the city centre and was behind a large government building. The statue park was definitely the highlight of the museum.

More could have been done to contextualise the art (eg explain what it is depicting) and give more general information about socialism in Bulgaria.
Written July 25, 2022
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,451 contributions
Couples
We stopped here two days ago. There’s no charge to see the various statues that are interesting and worthwhile. You can also pay 6 lev to see a propaganda film that is pretty good but runs a little long. The museum was temporarily closed. Not sure why or for how long.

Note that it can be tough to find via GPS. Our taxi driver struggled to find it but got us within a block and we eventually found the entrance.
Written January 24, 2020
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Don B
London, UK10 contributions
Friends
OK, I swore that after I found and visited this place I would come to TripAdvisor and write a review specifically so no poor soul has to endure what I did to locate it (if you're not taking a taxi, that is)

First off, Google Maps has the wrong address, or points to the wrong area. Either way, it will not help you in the least. The staff at my hostel had drawn a rudimentary map, but this did not suffice, and given that it is rather hidden, no hand drawn map will do. So, here goes.

From central Sofia, Serdika station for example, but any station on the M1 line will do, take the metro toward Mladost II and disembark at Dimitrov station. When you exit the station, you will see a gas station, OMV across the street. If you look toward the other direction, you will see a cluster of new office buildings. Head toward those. You will see THREE office towers in a row (all identical shape and size). Go toward those. Now, you will see that on the ground floor of this office plaza with the three towers, there is a mall of sorts. There Go in on the right side (on the opposite side is a Costa Coffee). When you walk into the mall, keep walking straight through so that you exit on the opposite side. There is a little back street. In fact, if you just look over the fence on the other side of this street, that is the museum's yard filled with statues from the socialist days.

So head down the little street, make a right, and on the right hand side you will see a security guard booth. You need to specifically tell them you are going to visit the Museum of Socialist Art. They will let you in. You are now at the museum. Walk up the path and on the left hand side you can purchase your tickets.

For reference I have drawn a little map to make this easier. It is crude, but one only needs to follow the blue line from Dimitrov metro stop. Through the mall (enclosed in an orange line) to the museum (general area also enclosed in an orange line)

As for the museum, it is very small, but fascinating, as Bulgaria has tried hard to extinguish all memory from its decades under socialism. It feels like this is everything that's left, tucked away in some old government building's backyard. The museum is lovingly run by 4 or so elderly Bulgarians that obviously have a certain fondness for the old days. Wandering around the little park with all of its statues, as well as the red star that used to adorn the top of the Communist Party's headquarters, really helps give you a flashback to days long gone.
Written March 17, 2013
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Electra88
London113 contributions
Couples
A gem of a museum in a hard to find location. Take the metro (Line 1) to GM Dimitrov station. You'll see the Sopharma Business Towers across the main road. Walk down to the traffic lights, cross the street and walk down ul Lazechar Stanchev keeping the towers on your right. It's through a small, security gate which is also the entrance to the Ministry of Discrimination!! You'll see the red star ahead. Ticket office on the left near the red star.
The socialist sculptures are the real highlight, brought from all over Bulgaria. Lots of Lenins, a few Dimitrovs, and several bronze workers (factory & farm).
There is a tiny cinema showing the highs & lows of post-war Bulgaria under communism.
There is a temporary exhibition space upstairs. Also a small shop & a cafe with limited choice.
Written April 12, 2014
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My2BareFeet
Calgary, Canada288 contributions
Solo
If you are curious about what politics in Bulgaria were like after WWII you should definitely check this place out! It doesn't take too long either - you only need around 1 hour.

The museum consists of an art gallery with short captions, a statue garden and an approximately 25-min video. This place is very eye opening because everything in it worships the socialist and communist times of Bulgaria. The video is in black and white and from those times; it's a bit long but still very interesting.

It's near Metro G. M. Dimitrov and a little bit hard to find. It's best to go to this station and just ask around. It's on a side street, hidden at the back of the headquarters for The Department of Culture, right beside a modern looking mall. I had student card so entered for 3 leva (1.5 euro).
Written January 9, 2013
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shonabrethouwer
Haarlem, The Netherlands47 contributions
Friends
We were encouraged to visit this place by the highly rated reviews on tripadvisor.

On our arrival we discovered this was not in fact a museum. There are communist style sculptures on the grass and 3 short films (3-5 mins each) in a room attached to a tiny gift shop about communism in Bulgaria. The main space had contemporary paintings completely unrelated to Socialism.

I think that we wasted our time and energy finding the place and would not recommend it as a destination in Sofia.
Written June 8, 2014
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