For better or worse, our greatest museums are built on the backs of billionaires

For better or worse, our greatest museums are built on the backs of billionaires

Visitors approach the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on March 28. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Visitors approach the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on March 28. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Hugh Eakin is a 2018-2019 National Endowment for the Humanities public scholar. A society doctor whose vast wealth was fueled by slave labor in Jamaica persuades the British government to purchase his extraordinary natural history collection. A one-time diplomat and soldier of fortune persuades a group of prominent New […]

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