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We are closing for January, February and March.
We will reopen April 1, 2024.

We will be open by appointment, field trips and facility rentals.

Contact us if you would like to schedule a visit by appointment.

Not in Winsted? No worries. You can walk through the digital museum and explore the exhibits.

What is Tort Law?

It is the law that protects and compensates people who have been injured by the negligence, or recklessness, or intentional acts of wrongdoers.

Examples of Famous Tort Cases

hot coffee spilling

Liebeck v McDonald's

The famous case where Stella Liebeck received 3rd degree burns. She was one of hundreds that got burned.

Tobacco as skull and crossbones

The Tobacco Cases

The tobacco companies knew their products caused cancer and they lied about it.

Flaming Ford Pinto

Ford Pinto

Ford chose not to spend $8 per Pinto and opted to let folks die.

Special episode of the Ralph Nader Radio Hour at the Tort Museum

Latest Tort News

The Denver Post
Jury awards $30 million to Colorado oilfield worker injured in explosion, but state cap will cut that in half
A Colorado jury awarded $30 million to an oilfield worker who was severely injured when a fracking tank exploded, but he’ll be unable to collect the full amount because state law limits damages companies are required to pay.
The Lever
It Just Got More Expensive To Fight Corporate Abuse
rom credit card terms of service to employment contracts, millions of people are trapped in agreements that only allow them to challenge corporate abuse through a private system of arbitration rather than in a court of law.
Associated Press
Jury says Donald Trump must pay an additional $83.3 million to E. Jean Carroll in defamation case
A jury has awarded a huge $83.3 million in additional damages to advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who says former President Donald Trump damaged her reputation by calling her a liar after she accused him of sexual assault.
Washington Monthly
Trump and Giuliani Can’t Easily Wiggle Out of Defamation Payments
A cause of action for defamation is as old as the common law. Defamation is deemed an injury to personality.
Boston alleges pharmacy benefit managers helped fuel the opioid epidemic
Boston alleges that several pharmacy benefit managers collaborated with opioid manufacturers and intentionally ignored evidence of opioid misuse in pursuit of profit, essentially helping create and fuel the opioid epidemic in the nation.
Fox Business News
3M begins $6B settlement payment to veterans, issuing $253M
Approximately $253 million will be distributed as part of a settlement after earplugs manufactured by the company were alleged to provide insufficient protection and contribute to hearing loss.

What The

Press Says

Since 2015 we've won fans across the world and across the press.

Fun, creative, visually stunning and provocative. By emphasizing cases where the civil justice system led not only to compensation for injured parties, but also to changes in corporate practice that made everyone safer, the museum reveals the truth about tort law—and likely leaves visitors with more sympathy towards it.


The museum aims to describe the evolution of the law regarding negligence and liability, and it features some of the most groundbreaking cases of the late 20th century.

The New York Times

The museum’s mission is to restore the idea that personal-injury law is not a way to line the pockets of a few lucky lawyers but rather a way to hold the powerful to account. As presented by the museum, personal-injury law may be the only way to hold a corporation accountable to the people it has harmed.

The New Yorker

This nonprofit, educational institution aims to make people aware of tort law’s pivotal role in the protection of personal freedom and safety, and celebrates the historical and contemporary achievements of the civil justice system.



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