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“Hard to find but worth a trip - if you like that sort of thing!”

Museum of Socialist Art
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Museum of Socialist Art Guided Tour in Sofia
Ranked #18 of 196 things to do in Sofia
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 21, 2012

This is a realtively new museum (September 2011, I believe) and it receives very little publicity. I could find no literature on it and no clear indication of where it could be found. It is a few km out of Sofia and it can be accessed by the Metro and a short walk. My taxi driver had no idea where it was and other people I have spoken to since gave up trying to get there when several taxi drivers said they had no idea where to go. It is actually next to the traffic police (KAT) building (marked on most local maps in the SE of the city).
Even on arrival it is not initially welcoming. Access to the compound is via a secure gate. If there were any signs they were only in cyrillic (a problem all over Sofia). Once inside there is a modest 6 Lev charge.
The place is interesting if you have an interest in this sort of thing. There are 70+ sculptures in the open air and 60+ paintings and smaller sculptures inside an attractive purpose-built building. There is a small shop selling a few souvenirs.
I enjoyed it and it was worth the hassles I experienced in getting there. It could be so much better but with time perhaps it will be.

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