In the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, our Founders highlighted that King George III was taking away their precious right of trial by a jury of their peers – considered crucial to the administration of justice. What better day to recognize the Constitution’s Seventh Amendment providing for the right of trial by jury than to visit this only law museum in the world and view the historic tort cases about wrongful injury decided by American juries.

See exhibits on tobacco, asbestos, the Pinto, the Corvair, toys that harm, and many other engrossing cases that have led to improved safety and health because these people – as plaintiffs – had their day in court.

Acclaimed by people all over the world, the museum was named by YANKEE Magazine as the “BEST NEW MUSEUM IN NEW ENGLAND” in 2016. There is plenty of FREE parking at the Museum’s location, 654 Main Street in Winsted, Connecticut.

The Museum’s Gift Shop has t-shirts, caps, buttons, posters and other memorabilia, along with choice books on leading tort cases in the tort law of wrongful injuries.

Come with your family and give yourselves a short course in tort law.

Flaming Rat

The Museum is OPEN!

Open Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

  • $7 Adults
  • $5 Seniors and Students

The American Museum of Tort Law is the only museum of its kind in the world and includes, among others, exhibits about asbestos, tobacco, faulty motor vehicles, and defective workplace equipment,

Bring the family and take a short course on the law of wrongful injury. Learn how tort law makes the world a safer place.

While the physical museum is closed we've gone digital. Walk through the 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.

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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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