There are eleven archival institutions operating in Macedonia. The number of registered archive items is 5,552, while there are 490 personal and family holdings and 105 collections.
Of great importance for the development of the archives are the agreements the Archives of Macedonia have signed with the corresponding state archives of Turkey related to the period of rule of the Ottoman Empire in this region, and also with the archives of Russia, Bulgaria and Albania.
The second important element concerning new investigations and knowledge of Macedonia's history is that some other archive holdings, primarily those connected with the Versailles (1919) and Paris Peace Conferences (1946) as well as the archives of the Great Powers, have passed their security term of non-availability. Macedonian archivists and historians could rarely research such archives in the past or did so only indirectly.
There are 21 museums in Skopje and 14 in other towns. They have nearly 36,000 exhibits as a whole and receive between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors each year.