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International Towing and Recovery Museum

3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
423 267 3132
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Ranked #21 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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Columbia, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We had never thought about such a place. The vehicles were amazing. They also had other items than the wreckers. Gas tanks and toys.

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PA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

From the outside it looks small, but it is packed with tow trucks of all vintages both large and small, and holds a ton of towing history, with historic items, displays, and wall cabinets filled with toy tow trucks ! The tow trucks on display are immaculate, and each one has its story displayed. A very unique experience I'd highly... More

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Kingston, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Even after reading the great reviews, I wasn't sure if this was something I would enjoy. I'm not much of a truck enthusiast. I am so glad I went! There is a wealth of information in this museum, and any history buff would be happy to spend time here. The displays are more extensive than I would have imagined, and... More

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Wicklow, Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is worth going and spending some time there having a look at the recovery trucks of time gone by. They also have the Hall of Fame for men and woman who have contributed over and above to the recovery industry.

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Knoxville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Everyone enjoyed the museum. Adults and kids alike. There was even a tiny tow truck with a rotating lift for them to operate.

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Kingston, Tennessee
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162 reviews 162 reviews
31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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Lawrenceburg
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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