The Met turns down gifts from Purdue Pharma's Sackler family

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art will stop accepting donations from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, according to The New York Times.

The decision severs ties between one of the top art museums in the world and one of its top donors, the Sackler family. The Met's relationship with the Sacklers spans decades and a wing of the museum is named after the billionaire family.

"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," Daniel Weiss, the president of the Met, told The New York Times. "That is what we're doing here."

The move reflects the growing public outrage over the ongoing opioid crisis and the role the Sackler family allegedly played in it.

The decision by the Met follows similar moves by other museums, including the Tate Modern in London and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, which also turned down donations from the family in a way to distance themselves.

Read the full report here.

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