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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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  • We stopped here two days ago. There’s no charge to see the various statues that are interesting and worthwhile. You can also pay 6 lev to see a propaganda film that is pretty good but runs a little....  more »
  • For a guy coming from western europe such museum and the arts inside are something very interesting and out of the ordinary. from the big statue in the yard outside and the propaganda paintings and...  more »
  • Very interesting and well composed exposition of historical and art samples. The museum also organized thematically weeks.  more »
  • This is a strange place. Not really what I would expect from the title of the museum. It is 6 Lev to get in. There is a garden with sculptures and one hall with mostly paintings. On a sunny day and with windows blinded you can't properly see the painting. A guard was kind to turn on the lights fir me. Later another guy just turned them off again before I was done looking. I think it is the former communist headquarters. Enjoy my photos. PS the few propaganda posters are behind very reflecting glass in a dark area. Lighting should be improved.
  • Just a bunch of posters, videos and statues. Clearly all culturally important pieces from the period but unless you already know and understand what you’re looking at, you don’t really get why you had to pay to get in or travel so far to get there. Who are all these people Im looking at? Why are all these statues damaged? Why are they even here? None of these questions answered.
  • Not worth the money or the name even. Ugly grey statues dumped in a sad back yard without much info. The placards compliment the totalitarian regime. Helpful lady in the ticket office and a little video to watch. The museum is obviously run by "them" as it doesnt show the absurdity that it was. And still is. Thanks for nothing.
  • A fascinating insight into Bulgaria's tumultuous political history. This small museum comprises a garden full of statues, a gallery of portraits and propaganda, and a video room where visitors can watch footage that informs them of Bulgaria's Communist past (subtitled). Entry tickets cost very little, and they refused to charge at all for my mother who has mobility problems, as well as helpfully pointing out the lift access to the gallery, so she didn't have to struggle with stairs.
  • An interesting place but there is not much in the area so it's up to you to decide if it is worth the trip. It looks as though the garden area with all the statues can be viewed for free but the entry fee is very reasonable with a discount for students so I would say it is worth paying to see the propaganda videos and whichever items are being displayed inside.

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