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International Towing and Recovery Museum

Address: 3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone Number: 423 267 3132
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Ranked #18 of 60 Attractions in Chattanooga
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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221 reviews 221 reviews
81 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Cross Hill, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I did not know it existed, if you are a fan of old cars, trucks or wreckers, this is the place to go. They have the history of wreckers from the beginning till now. Did not know that some wreckers were made from Limousines, but they were! They also have small to supper size and some that have the most... More 

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Columbia, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 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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21 reviews 21 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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