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The Met to turn down new money from OxyContin maker’s owners

May 15, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD — The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Wednesday that it would not accept new donations from the Sackler family, longtime museum benefactors whose philanthropy is facing increasing scrutiny as outrage grows over Sackler members’ ownership of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.

Following similar moves in recent weeks by other museums, including the neighboring Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Met’s decision did not come as a major surprise. The Met had previously said that it would review its gift-acceptance policy, as criticism grow over its ties to the Sacklers, who have a wing in the Met that bears their name.


“The museum takes a position of gratitude and respect to those who support us, but, on occasion, we feel it’s necessary to step away from gifts that are not in the public interest, or in our institution’s interest,” Met President Daniel Weiss said in a statement. “That is what we’re doing here.”