Explore Bulgaria’s Socialist past with a 2-hour guided tour of the Museum of Socialist Art in the heart of Sofia. Through the museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, and busts, as well as a short movie, learn about the history of Socialism in Sofia and the art of Socialist realism. Entrance fees and public transportation tickets are included.
Meet your guide at 2pm at Sofia University for this 2-hour tour of Soviet history and Socialist art. View the Monument to the Soviet Army, a controversial installation in central Sofia, before continuing to the Museum Socialist Art via public transit. Take in a short film about Bulgaria’s Communist past to learn the historical background and deepen your understanding of the exhibitions.
As you wander through the museum, see busts of famous leaders like Georgi Dimitrov, Dimitar Blagoev, Vasil Kolarov, Todor Zhivkov, and Lenin. Gaze at typical Socialist Realism artwork, including statues of unknown partisans, workers, and the Red Army soldiers. Explore the exhibit of Socialist-era paintings, many depicting Stalin, Marx and Engels. Take a peek at the masterpiece of the museum, the great five-pointed red star which once was on top of the Party building in the center of Sofia. At the end of the tour, return to the city center.