Most of the models mimic and simulate (very naively) that observable behavior, not its origin.
When people cite "the map is not the territory" they mean this. Simulation is not even an experiment. It is mere an animation of a model - a cartoon.
Simulation can be a very beneficial experiment. See for instance: https://papers.nips.cc/paper/5351-searching-for-higgs-boson-...
Simulations are not experiments. It is an animation of a formalized imagination, if you wish.