The culture of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra is the synthesis of the development of the modern art and saving the traditions of the indigenous people of North. There are 487 cultural institutions created in the region: museums, libraries, art galleries, crafts centres, art schools. And all of them are reflecting the many-sidedness of the modern times in art and culture of the Ob Ugrics traditions.
Ugra has 482 cultural institutions.
Museum of Nature and Man - is the oldest museum in the region, its collections contain unique archaeological and paleontological items including the only so far known to historians mammoth vertebra hit by an ancient hunter's arrow, as well as material culture and household items of the Urga people of the early Middle Age period. One of the Museum's sections is an exclusive tourist attraction "Archeopark" exhibiting bronze sculptures of the ancient animals of Ugra.
In 1998 the Generations Fund with the support of the government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra started a collection of the Russian artists' pictures, icons and prints buying many of the masterpieces at various foreign auctions. Today all this wealth is exhibited at the State Fine Arts Museum , which is often referred to as the "Siberian Tretjakov Gallery". The connoisseurs of art can enjoy exhibitions featuring pictures by famous Russian artists: F.S. Rokotov, V.A. Tropinin, I.E. Repin, I.K. Aivazovsky, V.I. Surikov, B.M. Kustodiev, V.A. Serov, and examples of the Russian icon painting school from the XVI to the XIX centuries.
Museum of Geology, Oil and Gas is the only state museum of this type in the Russian Federation. The collections of the museum include various items associated with geologic exploration, the development of oil and gas industry in the territory of Western Siberia. The museum opened its doors to visitors in 2003. Its collections contain over 35,000 items.
The Open-Air Ethnographic Museum “Torum Maa” established in 1987 recreates the original culture of the indigenous peoples of the North. In addition to exhibiting unique items from its collections Museum "Torum Maa" relying on ethnographic sources organizes ritual festivals of the indigenous peoples of the North: 'Crow Day', "Tylashch Pory" - Moon feeding ritual.
Specific features of the Autonomous Okrug's libraries are the innovative nature of their organization, high level of informatization, implementation of international library management standards and research and development work. About 27% (422.3 thousand readers) of the Autonomous Okrug's population use library services.
Art education sector in the territory of Ugra is represented by 58 children's music, art, choreographic schools and fine arts schools, as well as 3 vocational training colleges.
There are several unique modern cultural centers in the Okrug. Theater and Concert Hall “Ugra-Classic” (Khanty-Mansiysk) is a multifunctional facility occupying the area of 20,000 sq. m. which offers technical capability for hosting various cultural and conference events of both national and international scale.
In the largest city of Ugra - Surgut - the Surgut Children's Philharmonic Hall reopened recently after a major reconstruction in 2012, it is home to six performance groups: wind instruments orchestra, symphony orchestra, chamber Russian folk orchestra, "Svetilen" choir.
Over the past five years Ugra has developed a system of the regional cultural brands reflecting its regional identity.
Every year the capital of the Okrug becomes for several days an international cinematographic platform. Ugra welcomes the guests and participants of the International Debut Film Festival ‘Spirit of Fire’. It was established by the government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug and the Ministry of Culture of the RF in 2002. The festival's agenda covers in addition to professional discussions between film directors, actors and producers also a live dialog with the audience: the festival offers first performances, as well as best films from the history of cinematography, and special shows addressed to the veterans and high school students.
National level events always attract a lot of attention: e.g. museum art forum "Ugra Field Museum Biennial", Father Christmas and The Snow Maidens congress.
The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug is also known for a large number of regional scale cultural events: the folklore festival of the indigenous peoples of the North "Crow Day", young piano players contest "Magic keys", "White Space" festival, Russian films festival "To Love the Russian Way", young winders and drummers contest "Ugra Constellation", film festival "Films Scorched by War", amateur theater groups festival "Theater Spring", "Ugra Museum Olympus" contest, children's animation films festival "I'm a kid, I'm a creator".
The government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug pays a lot of attention to the development of culture and art with the help of grants and awards. The "Event" award is paid to the authors of best projects receiving wide public support. The Autonomous Okrug Governor's awards are paid to the leading artists, young actors, film and theater directors, gifted high school students, and artisans working in traditional techniques, materials, and style. Students of the children's art schools may become entitled to a "Young Talent of Ugra" grant.