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“Truly a historical must see.”

Museum of Socialist Art
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Museum of Socialist Art Guided Tour in Sofia
Ranked #18 of 183 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 March 9, 2014

The m site though a bit hard to get to I truly a must. This place is a photographers paradise and if you can convert your pictures into sepia and/or black and white, you will have endless memories of a bygone era important to Bulgaria's past. This museum complex bests anything I've ever seen in both Moscow and Hanoi. Make sure to see the video.

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Perhaps calling this a museum is a bit far-reaching. There are no guides or tours or films to put things in context, but a lot of the holdings speak for themselves. There is a large yard with a collection of rather stunning sculptures from the Soviet-era, including a number of Lenin. The inside exhibit was very small but also impressive: a series of propaganda posters from the Soviet states and from China.

The place was kind of difficult to find, but if you can get there, you will see a small but impressive collection. Moreover, I do not think there are many places where you can see these things this well preserved and all in one place.

1  Thank John R
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you have time and interested in history (Communist era of Bulgaria) visit this place. Museum located 4 stops away from Serdica main metro station + 10 mins walk (behind the modern towers).

Entrance garden is full of statues of communist period leaders. Watch Bulgarian Communist time footage which takes 20 mins. and see the Communism propaganda posters.

2  Thank Okan D
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

This museum is worth the journey from downtown Sofia. You can reach it by metro which is cheap and fairly easy to use. The entrance is not that obvious, so bring a map with you in case you have difficulty. There is an interesting film, a cool poster and art exhibit, and the fantastic sculpture garden. There are some geocaches nearby if you are into that sort of thing :)

2  Thank TheVeggieNomad
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

but not just for those - anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of socialist art and the way it mixed propaganda and aesthetics. Some of the artists represented are among the most famous Bulgarian painters and they simply had to keep on the government's good side and not end up in forced labor camps. Love the collection of international posters as well. Oh, and the gift shop is super awesome!

1  Thank Neli K
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