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Real or fake?

 

Creator: TheGrantMuseum on 1 Mar 2011, 5:07 p.m.

Is it ever acceptable for museums to use replicas? If so when?

Many museums use casts, reproductions and models in place of original objects. When is this appropriate? Should objects which aren’t “real” be highlighted? What’s the point of a museum having a genuine object in store if they replace it with a replica for display or handling? Does spotting a replica make the whole museum less believable?

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