Museum of Counterfeiting

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Museum of Counterfeiting

Museum of Counterfeiting

How can you tell the difference between a real Bic pen and a knock-off? The real ones have holes at the top of their caps. You'll learn this and much more at the eye-opening Musee de la Contrefacon (Museum of Counterfeiting), which the French trade group Union des Fabricants opened in 1951 to educate the public on the global scope and cost of counterfeit products. Located in the 16th arrondissement, it features side-by-side comparisons of real and fake Barbie dolls, condoms, Tabasco sauce bottles, Swiss Army knives, Dior bags and more. It also covers the early years of counterfeiting (when imitation wines were sold in inferior Greek vases) and explains how the Internet has shifted the industry from luxury goods to everyday items like cleaning products and powdered milk. This is a fascinating look at a topic that will hit home with any global traveler familiar with street peddlers and open markets.

Where: Paris, France
On the Web: unifab.com/en/history-museum.html

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