The Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 2011. By 2017, its programme included almost one hundred events. New projects were launched in 2015 and 2016. The Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art is a branch of the National Gallery and since 2011 the museum’s calendar has included almost one hundred events.

Every Wednesday at 13:00 h. the museum’s visitors can meet the artists and the curators of the current exhibitions. The “Interactive Contemporary Techniques and Inter-disciplinary Approaches” workshop is intended for students and children from various ethnic minority and with special educational needs or socially disadvantaged.

The museum building is an immovable architectural cultural property of local significance, part of the Sofia Arsenal historical complex. Built in 1916, it was originally used for the production and storage of artillery ammunition. In the 1930s, and until the end of the Second World War, it housed the headquarters of the Military School for Reserve Officers.

In 2015 in Nizhny Novgorod representatives of seven European cultural institutions from Amsterdam, Berlin, Sofia, Copenhagen, Metz, Lisbon and Tallinn founded the Assembly and shared their experience in the cultural transformation of former military facilities and infusing them with new purpose and significance.

The first stage of Sofia Arsenal historical complex reconstruction – the building of an exhibition space on the first floor. The next stage involves the completion of the second and mansard floors, the construction of a repository and a separate building for temporary expositions.

‘Theatre in the Museum’ supports the creation of performances and enriches the exhibition halls with new ideas, meanings, and life. ‘Space–Audience’ presents spatial visualisations tied to the museum building, its history, its transformation, and the people visiting it. ‘Autobiography’ develops the documenting of contemporary art since the 1990s.

Location: Sofia, “Cherni Vryh” blv, .2 Working hours: Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Closed: Mondays, official Bulgarian holidays, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter. Contacts: e-mail: sofiaarsenal@sofiaarsenal-mca.org

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