La Brea Tar Pits museum will remain closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open and visitors can currently see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly.  See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

John Harris

Curator Emeritus, Rancho La Brea

Dr. Harris is a Curator Emeritus at Rancho La Brea. He studied geology at the Universities of Leicester, Texas, and Bristol before becoming Director of Paleontology at the National Museums of Kenya in 1971. In 1980 he joined the staff at the Natural History Museum as Chief Curator of the Division of Earth Sciences and after 35 years he retired in 2015. 

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