American Museum of Tort Law

The American Museum of Tort Law offers field trip opportunities for students to learn about the historic and on-going importance of tort law and trial by jury. Tort law, known as the law of wrongful injuries, with its deep root in our history, exists for all the people to protect our health and safety. The Museum’s colorful exhibits offer a timeline of the development and evolution of the law featuring displays by award-winning cartoonists, photographs, engravings, a 1963 Corvair, a 1940s jukebox, and other artifacts in galleries that explore precedent-setting cases in detail. The main gallery features cases which made a difference not only to the injured victims, but to all of us: cases like the Ford Pinto, Daniel vs. United Klans of America, and the tobacco and asbestos litigation, among others. In addition, our theater runs two short movies.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 654 Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098. Litchfield County.
Tel: 860-379-0505.
Hrs: Mon., Wed.-Sun. 10:30AM-5PM.
 
SCHOOL
School groups can schedule a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibits. The tour also includes a brief film, which explores the powerful impact that tort law has had on our society. Lesson plans and pre- and post-curricula for U.S. History, Civics, and Government classes are available to support your field trip. Fill out the online request form so that we can better plan a tour that meets the needs of your group.
 
Contact Info
Name: Joan Bowman.
Phone: 860-379-0505.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 8th-College.
Group Size: Max. 65 students.
Program Type: Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 20:1.
Registration: Online, Phone.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: Possible for transportation.
Accessible To: PD.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: American government, civics, US history.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can schedule a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibits. The tour also includes a brief film, which explores the powerful impact that tort law has had on our society. Lesson plans and pre- and post-curricula for U.S. History, Civics, and Government classes are available to support your field trip. Fill out the online request form so that we can better plan a tour that meets the needs of your group.
 
Contact Info
Name: Joan Bowman.
Phone: 860-379-0505.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 8th-College.
Group Size: Max. 65 students.
Program Type: Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 20:1.
Registration: Online, Phone.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: Possible for transportation.
Accessible To: PD.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: American government, civics, US history.

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