James Snyder

Anne and Jerome Fisher Director, The Israel Museum, Israel

James S. Snyder has served as the Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum since 1996. During his tenure, the Museum has strengthened its international presence with a series of important loan exhibitions in Jerusalem and traveling exhibitions worldwide; expanded its encyclopedic holdings across all of its collecting areas; developed its International Friends organizations in 16 countries; increased annual Museum attendance to nearly one million visitors, from 350,000 ten years ago; and grown the Museum’s endowment more than fivefold to $200 million. Snyder has also spearheaded a series of architectural upgrades and enhancements to the Museum, culminating in 2010 with a comprehensive $100-million renewal project by James Carpenter Design Associates and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects.


Prior to his appointment at the Israel Museum, Snyder held a number of positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, culminating as Deputy Director from 1986 to 1996. Snyder is a graduate of Harvard University, a Loeb Fellow of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College. His publications include: Museum Design: Planning and Building for Art (Oxford University Press) in 1993; and RENEWED: The Israel Museum Campus Renewal Project (Israel Museum) in 2011 and 2015 (revised).