|The old and the new.|
It was after noon when we finished at the museum, so we walked about a block to the gleaming new Sofarma business tower and had lunch. The building presents quite a contrast to the ideals embodied by the artworks in the museum's collection. At the same time, both are part of the country's story, and I'm glad the museum exists to help tell part of that story.
* Since it is entirely possible that someone who searches for "Sofia" and "Museum of Socialist Art" online will find this page in the absence of other information, I'll give directions. The museum is at 7 Luchezar Stanchev Street, and you can search this on bgmaps.com. From the G.M. Dimitrov Metro station (on the red line), walk downhill (northwest) on Boulevard Dragan Tsankov. Turn right on Lachezar Stanchev and after a short walk past the Sofarma building you'll see the sculpture garden on your right beyond a fence. The only sign is one for the Ministry of Culture in Bulgarian. Just go to the walk-through gate by the little guard shack and they'll send you back! As of December 2012, the cost for the museum was 6 Leva for adults and it is closed on Mondays.