Hands-on Tour | Fakes & Forgeries

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Date / Time

  • December 20, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Join us as we explore the notion of authenticity across a range of time periods and media in the museum’s collections. From Shakespearean plays, a mug belonging to George Washington, a manuscript draft by Poe, there are stories to uncover. You’ll even learn how one of The Rosenbach’s most important books was used as evidence to prove a forgery – and a murder!

How do we know the difference between an original and a forgery? Who is an expert? How does a museum value copies, and does the marketplace value them differently? Are stories about fakes more appealing than those about originals? Come and test your detection skills.

About Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours at The Rosenbach

Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours offer unparalleled access to see, and even touch, rare and important items not usually on view to the public. Each program is dedicated to a different author, theme, or topic and grants a truly hands-on experience with materials in The Rosenbach’s inspiring collection.

See all upcoming tours hereSpace is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended.