ABA Museum of Law

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ABA Museum of Law
Established 1996
Dissolved 2011
Location 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois United States
Coordinates 41°53′18″N 87°37′50″W / 41.8882°N 87.6306°W / 41.8882; -87.6306
Website ABA Museum of Law

The ABA Museum of Law, opened in November 1996 in Chicago, Illinois by the American Bar Association, was the only national museum that focuses on the role of law and the legal profession in America and throughout the world.[1] Its goal was to engage the public in the legal system and make it relevant in their lives.[2] In an effort to increase understanding of lawyers and the work they do,[3] the museum highlighted lawyers who were well known for other work[4] as well as well-known trials.[5]

The museum closed in late 2011, reportedly as a cost-cutting measure.[6]


  1. ^ Ken Armstrong (1996-12-25). "Exhibit No. 1: ABA Opens 1st Law Museum in U.S.". The Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  2. ^ Dave Hoekstra (1999-09-16). "Museum Showcases Legacy of American Justice System". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ Ken Armstrong (1997-03-23). "Lawyers Get a Museum of Their Own". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Museum Exhibit to Showcase Stories of America's Lawyer-Presidents". Daily Journal of Commerce, Portland. 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  5. ^ Lisa Lenoir (2002-03-03). "Caseload Full of Dramatic U.S. Trials". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ Stephen Singer, "Ralph Nader's new cause: Tort law museum in Conn.", Associated Press, July 28, 2013  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required) ("A spokeswoman for the American Bar Association said it shut its Museum of Law about three years ago to cut costs. Institutions such as the Library of Congress in Washington and National Constitution Center in Philadelphia display legal documents, but a national law museum doesn't exist, she said.")

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