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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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A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.

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What Fun!!

We enjoyed the new location for the Towing Museum and looking at the old trucks was a great hit with everyone in the group.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the new location for the Towing Museum and looking at the old trucks was a great hit with everyone in the group.

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Thank Ann C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

I was in Chattanooga for the Tennessee Tow Show. Got in a few days early so I visit the museum. The collection of tow trucks and equipment on display shows how far the industry has come since its humble beginnings in 1916. Interestingly enough the tow truck was invented in Chattanooga Tennessee. The museum is home to the Wall of... More 

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Burlington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We got to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum just as it was opening in the morning. Jim greeted us and explained what to expect - a short movie (well worth watching) and then a visit to the museum to see the trucks and many displays. There is a gift shop. A beautiful memorial outside is... More 

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Thank Jerry L
Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The towing museum is special to me because I have been towing and helping people since 1998. This place is not just for towers. If you like trucks and equipment and a bit of history with lots of original mementos you will enjoy it. Its not a big museum so you can cover it in an hour or two. The... More 

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Thank Blair W
Conover, North Carolina, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

This museum is not boring! You will be amazed at the growth of this essential services industry. Knowledgeable curators make your visit rewarding.

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Hastings
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

A small museum which would probably be better named as the US Towing and Recovery Museum. I was hard pushed to find any international exhibits. Mind you it was interesting and the exhibits are well displayed and clearly described. Not too sue about the Hall of Fame section.

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Thank ianmantel
Gulfport, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were staying in the area and decided to go out and explore. We came across this place from good reviews on trip advisor. Nice place with some great history. Wish it was a little bigger but it was nice

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Thank Cassie B
Hobart, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

My husband found this attraction while searching places in Chattanooga . He is a car enthusiast and was very interested to visits this museum. We were pleasantly surprised. When we arrived, we were greeted and told about the museum and that we would see a short movie about how the towing museum started and the people involved. We then went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

I was expecting something campy and kitschy (and that would have been fine). However this museum was very well done, very informative, and very serious. All you need is an hour but it is well worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I have an appreciation for vehicles, so I really enjoyed looking at these beautifully restored antique tow trucks. It only took about half an hour. Could spend much more time, depending upon your interests. They did show a short and informative film. They had a nice collection of toy tow trucks (displayed) and a nice gift shop for that person... More 

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