Important source of spiritual and cultural development of society there are museums. According to Head department of statistics, for the end of 2008 in area three museums and six of their branches worked. The total area of the museum territory made over 70 thousand sq.m, number of buildings, taking into account branches - 27 units. About it reports Head department of statistics of the Nikolaev area.
Museum funds totaled more than 180 thousand subjects from which in 2008 13 thousand or every fourteenth exhibit were exhibited. Within a year 127 names of exhibitions of various subject were open, nearly 6 thousand tours are conducted and prepared 87 scientific editions and publications. In comparison with 2007 the quantity of the exhibited subjects grew by 37%, exhibitions - for 12%, excursions - for 30%, scientific editions and publications - for 55%.
The museums last year were visited by 319 thousand people, it is more than a half from which - pupils, listeners and students. 27 visits were the share of 100 inhabitants of area on the average in a year, against 24 in 2007.
Visitors 230 museum workers, from them served every third - the research associate and the guide.
Besides, in the region 161 museums created on the basis of the enterprises, establishments, the organizations and educational institutions worked, they last year were visited by 162 thousand people.