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The Met to Remove Sackler Name from Museum Spaces

The decision to eliminate the Sackler family name from exhibition spaces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was announced this week. This announcement comes amid growing concerns about the possible role played by the Sackler family in the opioid crisis.

What you need to be aware of:

  • The Sacklers will no more be associated with seven exhibit spaces at the museum, including the wing housing the Temple of Dendur. This building is named after three brothers who were the Sacklers, who donated $3.5million around 50 years ago.

  • Their descendants, who made it public with the Met, are the principal owners of Purdue Pharma.

  • A settlement whereby the Sacklers agreed to pay $4.5 billion and to surrender ownership of Purdue Pharma in return for immunity from future lawsuits was conditionally approved in September.

  • In recent years, other museums like the Guggenheim in New York City or the Louvre in Paris have distanced themselves from this family due to concerns about their possible involvement in the opioid crisis.

  • The family donated millions of dollars to museums and educational institutions all over the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and universities such as Yale and Oxford.

This is an excerpt from the article “The Met will strip the Sackler family’s name from its exhibit spaces” published by NPR on December 9. The full article can be found on

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