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International Towing and Recovery Museum

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Address: 3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone Number: 423 267 3132
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.

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This is a really neat museum

We were at our motel in Chattanooga early and saw the brochure for this Towing Museum. It is in a large and well set up building with the many tow trucks in excellent restored... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Mineral Point, Wisconsin
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Mineral Point, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We were at our motel in Chattanooga early and saw the brochure for this Towing Museum. It is in a large and well set up building with the many tow trucks in excellent restored condition ranging from a really neat 1911 Locomobile wrecker to the largest wrecker ever made. The fellow in charge that day was quite knowledgeable and let... More 

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McMinnville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My husband and I had a good time. We would love to go back sometime. Very interesting to us and the staff was very nice.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We had read about this museum and are glad we decided to give it a try. Certainly it is unique; established and curated by people who are passionate about it. I learned a great deal and we all enjoyed it. I wished for all of my grandchildren to be with me to see it; it was fun to take pictures... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I had no idea tow trucks had so much to offer. We had a lot of fun reading about tow truck history and seeing the different kinds of trucks.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

If you are interested in something different, trucks, automobile, towing & service memorabilia, this is the place for you to visit. The history is based on the history of the Holmes Towing Equipment manufactured here years ago. The company is now Miller Industries here in Chattanooga. There is also an area that offers children's automotive / service trucks on display.... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

If you need to kill a few hours this is not a bad place to do it. Lots of old restored tow trucks with good explanations of the machines.

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Decatur, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a nice little museum with a very helpful staff. My engineering minded pre-schooler loved all the vehicles and toys on display.

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Walden, Tenn
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This place is, to say the least, a niche museum. Chattanooga saw the creation of the first tow truck nearly a century ago and thus the museum honoring this occupation is in the Scenic City. The museum essentially consists of 15 or 20 well preserved tow trucks parked in a large area along with an eclectic scattering of toy trucks... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband is a vintage car fanatic, so we've been to numerous car museums. The Towing Museum was a nice small museum set up for both adults and children. There were hundreds of toy wreckers and tow trucks and a small play area for the kids. There were 15-20 vintage vehicles, so it doesn't take too long to wander through.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is an absolutely lovely museum. I have visited once before in 2001. Since then the museum has grown and changed location. There is a surprising amount to see and learn. There are something like 20 actual tow trucks on display from some of the earliest built to modern equipment. To me this was a very visible way to show... More 

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