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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$11 BOOK WITH VIATOR Self-guided Tour in the Museum of Socialist Art Self-guided Tour in the Museum of Socialist Art
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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Museum of Socialist Art reviews
I really enjoyed all the sculptures outside. It is a Soviet sculpture graveyard. Some paintings and other art inside too, but the outside was very impressive for me. Would have been good to be able...
I really enjoyed all the sculptures outside. It is a Soviet sculpture graveyard. Some paintings and other art inside too, but the outside was very impressive for me. Would have been good to be able... more »
Made a short visit here and found it interesting, good to see the statue garden and the intro video was quite good, bit difficult to find as not well signposted, entrance looks like a government...
Made a short visit here and found it interesting, good to see the statue garden and the intro video was quite good, bit difficult to find as not well signposted, entrance looks like a government... more »
This was a great sculpture garden. The GPS and taxi put us on the street next to the garden. You have to walk down the alley, around the front, and into the facility to see the gardens. I’ve attached.... more
This was a great sculpture garden. The GPS and taxi put us on the street next to the garden. You have to walk down the alley, around the front, and into the facility to see the gardens. I’ve attached.... more »
A great place to learn more about the communist period, the video on socialist propaganda is interesting and informative, and there is plenty of art to see indoors and outdoors. The sculpture park is particularly atmospheric. For 6 leva it is a great way to spend an afternoon, and easy to access on the metro
The entrance of the museum is on the parking of the Ministry of culture. Nice collection of sculptures from the communist era. The gallery with painting is almost needless. If you appreciate the art from soviet regime you should go! The nearest train station is GM Dimitrov, 5 minutes walk.
A taxi ride out of Sofia centre (which is relatively inexpensive). The statues and sculpted pieces in the garden were interesting, the art collection was small but good. There is a film to watch in the gift shop. Worth a visit, put aside a couple of hours.
The idea is great. The statues outside (free) are worth the trip. The video and paintings not so much. You have to pay and the place disappoints with how little there is to show to the visitors. Socialst art had much more and of greater quality than the one displayed inside.
Stunning conservation of sculptures. Crazy to find that amound of figures in just one garden however the maintenance of the place could be much better. The gallery was exhibiting a photography biennale and the stories were very impactful. Be mindful that the museum consists of the garden and one gallery, that’s it. There are no labels or historic info. The star which once was adorning the communist party headquarters in Sophia lays at the entrace of the garden, don’t miss it.
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