Free Admission for Winsted residents for the Fall Festival

September 30th, 10am to 3pm

Come together to celebrate our community and explore our captivating and interactive exhibits! Families and friends can enjoy a Museum dedicated to our democracy, freedom, and our right to justice. Learn how the Law works!

Flaming Rat

Visit the museum

Fridays 12 - 5
Saturdays 12 - 5
Sundays 12 -4

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

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
3M Lawsuit Ends in Victory for Veterans
3M agreed to pay $6.01 billion to settle lawsuits filed by U.S. service members and veterans who suffered hearing injuries to include hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of using the company's earplugs.
NBC News
Their babies died when Camp Lejeune’s water was poisoned. But justice has been hard to find
The mothers did not know why their babies were dying at Camp Lejeune.
Center for Justice & Democracy
Backgrounder: How Secondary Asbestos Exposure Devastates Families
A new Backgrounder about secondary asbestos exposure -- These victims have been grossly ridiculed by "tort reform" groups. So here's a response.
3M agrees to pay $6 billion in US military earplug lawsuit settlement
The 3M has agreed to pay $6.01 billion to settle lawsuits by U.S. military veterans and service members who say they suffered hearing loss from using the company's earplugs,
AFP -- Digital Journal
Why American communities are suing Big Oil for climate damages
Legal team taking on Big Oil over the 2021 Pacific Northwest Heat Dome disaster says it is the era of fossil fuel companies evading responsibility for their role in the climate crisis.
The New Jersey
Johnson and Johnson bankruptcy claim is a ruse to limit liability, cancer victims say
Critics say the company — worth over $400 billion — is far from bankrupt and instead just wants to keep their cases from being heard by juries.

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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