Seven exhibition spaces carried the name in the museum, including the iconic Temple of Dendur room.
“Interoffice documents paint a dark picture of profit for the family at the expense of human life,” the artist-activist group P.A.I.N. told Hyperallergic.
The decision comes the day after a settlement between Purdue Pharma and the Justice Department, in which members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties, less than 2% of their estimated net worth.
The family will provide a $3 billion payout over seven years. However, the settlement does not include a statement of wrongdoing.
The activists unfurled large banners and staged a die-in in front of the museum’s iconic pyramid demanding it removes the Sackler’s name from one of its wings.