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International Towing and Recovery Museum

3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
423 267 3132
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Ranked #23 of 78 Attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.
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Kingston, Tennessee
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141 reviews 141 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Ok, so I begrudgingly took my teen son to this museum thinking that his sister and I would be bored. Not so! Lots to see and so much history. We all enjoyed this museum. Great for a rainy day or enjoy a few hours away from the heat!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Actually, it's my husband who loves this place. I could have visited just once and been okay but he is the typical guy and sees something new every time we go. They used to be downtown really close to the aquarium but they moved a few years ago to the location closer to the mountain. If you went years ago... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
32 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We saw the museum sign on highway so thought we'd drop in. A little pricey but fun nonetheless. Movie up front sets the tone. Its basically one big room with alot of trucks crammed in. It was fun to see the history of the towing profession. Skeptics going in, educated coming out. Even has a decent gift shop.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Upon arriving at the museum, there is a beautiful memorial statue outside. It does come with a sad story, however, you realize that there are lots of heroes who have sacrificed their lives to save others. Prior to this visit, we clipped a BOGO coupon from a coupon pamphlet. If the coupons are there, utilize them!!! It's a small museum... More

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Sanford, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

A disclaimer...I grew up in the towing business and so have an affinity for it. When this museum was being constructed in 1995, I was a donor and so you will find my name on a plaque inside along with many others. But, for the masses who don't know a snatch block from a J-hook, here is your chance to... More

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Crossville, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I would have rated this higher but for the money there just wasn't that much there. It is easy to get to and great place to kill an hour inside if it's raining or in summer need a break from the heat. They do have an interactive tow truck that kids will love.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I was so skeptical of going but my grandson begged. He loves anything with a motor and this did not disappoint! He is four and not only got to see the old trucks, the big trucks, and the toy display, he got to operate a display tow truck! The monument was beautiful and even those if us who were not... More

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Tunnel Hill, Georgia
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I must admit I was a little skeptical about going to a Towing museum, but I am pleased to say it was a great tour. The tour is self guided and, if you have any interest in trucks, you will love it! It is a historic journey through the towing industry and the trucks themselves. You really need to take... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

my husband love this place its a car lovers dream it is an unusual museum the staff is so very friendly there is so much history here also a wide variety of tow trucks old gas pumps old toy firetrucks and some much more great stop on the way to lookout mountain

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Anyone who likes trucks will get a kick out of this small museum near Lookout Mountain. Very well run and something truly different!

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