The Natural History Museum and the Museum at La Brea Tar Pits are now open. Advanced tickets can be purchased online. The William S. Hart Museum remains closed until further notice. View our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for more information.

Paul Bessire

Chief Advancement Officer

With over 25 years of development experience in museums, Paul Bessire has led fundraising programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bessire also worked at the American Museum of Natural History early in his career and founded a consulting practice that provided strategic counsel to Harvard University Art Museums, Public Art Fund, Fundacion Casa Wabi and Swiss Institute. He has directed major capital campaigns and managed institutional transformation that resulted in raising $100 million.  

Bessire is a Brooklyn native and a recent transplant to Los Angeles with a keen interest in arts and culture, natural history, and the environment.  He graduated from Kenyon College and trained as a chef in Paris before beginning his work in museums and development.