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Museum of Socialist Art

7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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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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7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

The statues outside are quite interesting and can be seen without paying. The museum in interesting on a cultural point of view, but I am not really sensitive to that type of art. Only a few pieces caught my eye. It's mostly paintings, so if...More

Thank CXuor
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Firstly, it's not well signposted. We used Google Maps to get us to the vicinity, but everything around looked like industrial buildings, with deserted security checkposts. Eventually we plucked up the courage to investigate the checkpost, to see if there was a way to attract...More

Thank Luke B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Most of the communist statues were relocated to this museum. The courtyard has dozens of statues of important communist people such as Lenin. There is a small entry fee (I believe it was 6 Leva). It isnt a huge museum but you could easily spend...More

Thank kemsa51
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed the museum. There are a load of statues outside the musesum - almost like a grave yard which is fitting given the fall of the eastern bloc. The propaganda film was interesting and so was the art inside.

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We took the metro tom GM Dimitrov station and then used google maps. This led us to a fence from where we could see the park but not enter. So our advice is to instead walk back parallell to the blue metro tunnel you just...More

Thank Pia J
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Watching the video before looking at the sculptures helped us understand the social/political climate at the time the monuments were still in place. The pieces themselves needed new plaques, some of which were missing or too worn to read. It would have been interesting to...More

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The museum is a little way out of the centre, and easily reached by taking the metro and then taking a short cut through a shopping centre. Inside are a collection of paintings and prints, largely depicting struggles through the last century. Outside a large...More

Thank DavidJHopcroft
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The collection is amazing. The staff is really nice. You can see everything in under an hour, including a 30 minute documentary.

Thank Kanal E
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I recommend a visit to a museum of this type, since there aren't that many of these types of museums in the world. Take the time to visit the past.

Thank LAM487
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Statues (outside), paintings and a history/propaganda video (inside). Explanations are in English but I had difficulty understanding the people and subjects. Who was struggling against who? Who were partisans? This museum is difficult to find. It is inside a compound with a gate in a...More

Thank Simon C
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