A gem amongst the JSPA catalogue of achievements is the Johor Arts Festival that saw its 7th successful season in July 2010.
The JSPA is zealously working hard each year to improve this ambitious festival with its aim to raise the national and international conciousness of the Johor arts festival to a level only experienced by Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching in Malaysia.
The Johor Royal Mausoleum
An engaging place to visit in Johor is The Royal Mausoleum that is the final resting place for the Johor Sultanates and royal family members, the tranquility of the surroundings and architecture give an air of serenity and peaceful respect befitting of royalty.
The Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Museum
Johor also has its fair share of Art Galleries and Museums with The Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Museum in Johor Bahru showcasing the artefacts of the Johor royal family.
Although the museum was built in 1866 it was not until the early 1990's that His Royal Highness Sultan Iskandar first allowed the public to view the family collection.
The Johor Art Gallery
The Johor Art Gallery was built with the intention of it being a residential palace in 1910 and was once the official residencial place for Dato’ Abdullah Jaafar, who was the third Johor Chief Minister.
It eventually opened its doors as the Johor art gallery in 1994 hosting a range of both historical artefacts and modern works of art with a propensity to displaying works of art depicting Johors' cultural heritage.
Johor Arts And Handicrafts
If you are looking to purchase traditional Johor arts and handicraft items such as batik, songket, mats, baskets and chairs made or woven from rattan then The Rumah MAWAR Crafts Centre (Mawar Gallery) in Johor Bahru offers a range of high quality locally made products that are good value.
Another interesting handicraft centre in Johor is The Pasir Gudang Kite Museum that hosts all sorts of traditional Malay kites known as wau.
The primary objective of the museum is to showcase the Malaysian handcrafts heritage of kite making.