26 August - 9 December 2011

Beware of fakes!

Visitors got a chance to play detective and see if they could tell a fake or a forgery from the real deal—courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum’s exhibition Fakes & Forgeries: Yesterday and Today, on display at the Museum.

The exhibition featured 11 cases, each devoted to a different category of artifacts and their corresponding forgeries. Seven of these cases featured items from the ROM’s collection. Two displayed modern knock-offs, ranging from black market DVDs to designer clothing and accessories. Microsoft Canada and the Bank of Canada each contributed a case, on counterfeit computer software and the history of counterfeiting currency in Canada, respectively.