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NYC’s Met Pulls Sackler Name From Galleries After Opioid Scandal

  • Cultural institution takes Sackler name from Temple of Dendur
  • Family made their money from drugs, including Oxycontin
People visit the Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019.

People visit the Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is removing the name of the Sackler family, which made billions selling opioids and contributed to a staggering public health crisis in the U.S., from some of its most iconic exhibition spaces.

The New York museum said their names would be pulled from galleries, including the wing that houses the Temple of Dendur, according to a statement on Thursday. The decision was made in agreement with the families of Mortimer Sackler and Raymond Sackler.