Museum of Socialist Art, Sofia

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See a giant statue of Lenin and a red star that topped the Socialist party headquarters at Museum of Socialist Art. One of the newest museums in Sofia, this institution collects, preserves, and exhibits art created between 1944 and 1989. The museum houses excellent examples of 20th-century modern art and Socialist Realist art. You can watch documentaries and old propaganda films from the socialist era or study the museum's 77 monumental sculptures and 60 paintings. Smaller pieces reveal a gentler side to socialist ideals. The museum also has a large sculpture park, exhibition hall, and video room. Plan a Sofia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • I'm fascinated by the Communist era, so visiting this museum while we're in Sofia was a must. It's a bit off the tourist trail, but easy enough to find. Take the slick, efficient Metro to G M Dimitrov...  more »
  • As a previous reviewer said this place is not easy to find. It isnt fat grom Dimitrov metro station but I’d hidden behind buildings. Still when you do find it you have found a gem if you are i interes...  more »
  • The museum closed early for Liberation Day but all of the statues, red star and giant Lenin are easily viewable from the road as they are outside the museum!  more »
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  • Small and yet moving. Entrance isn't obvious but Bulgarians were friendly so ask. Cold war reveals its icy edge when walking the statues. What a pity such great people had to waste lives and time to such monsters. But they're strong and kind and moving on. God bless Bulgarians.
  • Good museum focusing (unsurprisingly) on the art coming out of Bulgaria during the Soviet era. Some good pieces on display. Outdoor area filled with busts and statues and the Soviet red star removed from the Sofia presidential palace after the fall of the USSR. Small room with a twenty-something minute video montage of propaganda detailing the communist revolution in Bulgaria. 3 Lev entry.
  • A very intereresting museums. A visit to Sofia would not be complete without a visit to the Socialist Art Museum, if you ask me! The sculpture garden was very good. There was half an hour worth of propaganda films that was very interesting. The collection of paintings was quite small, but very nice and with interesting facts about specific art pieces and art in general.
  • The garden with all the sculptures are great, but the interior exhibit interesting and good, but extremely simple and small. There a mural over the shop with nos explication. Simple Improvements can go a long way.
  • Strange and small museum but interesting to see all of the old soviet statues. I would say it's worth a visit if you're in Sofia and need something to do for the afternoon.
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