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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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  • This place is a mixed bag. It's cool to walk around the statue park. It's free and they have some interesting statues. There's not much else to it. They have some videos of very low quality you can... 
    This place is a mixed bag. It's cool to walk around the statue park. It's free and they have some interesting statues. There's not much else to it. They have some videos of very low quality you can...  more »
  • The museum is only open Thursday to Sunday, from 10h to 18h, as of October 2021. It is still possible to see the statues outside, though. For me that was worth the 1,60lev metro ride. If you have... 
    The museum is only open Thursday to Sunday, from 10h to 18h, as of October 2021. It is still possible to see the statues outside, though. For me that was worth the 1,60lev metro ride. If you have...  more »
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  • 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.

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