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“Small but interesting poster collection from the Communist era”

Museum of Socialist Art
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Museum of Socialist Art Guided Tour in Sofia
Ranked #27 of 211 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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

The bulk of the museum is a sculpture garden outdoors, where basically statues from all of Bulgaria of socialist leaders have been dropped off. You can hang out with Lenin and Dimitrov, and get up close and personal with the hardworking proletariat. It's highly amusing, and not something you can do in many other places.

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