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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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What an astonishing surprise

My husband and I often laughed when passing the sign when entering Chattanooga for business purposes. Finally deciding to visit, I was surprised at how intriguing the history of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Patty L
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Smyrna, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had read many excellent reviews and decided to visit this museum with our grandson. It is a small museum with mostly tow trucks from different eras. They have everything from a very small tow truck to the largest one ever built. The introductory film covers a lot of them in 5 minutes. There are a few old tools on... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My husband and I often laughed when passing the sign when entering Chattanooga for business purposes. Finally deciding to visit, I was surprised at how intriguing the history of the towing industry can be. Believe me, it is so worth the stop in as they display so many towing trucks from many decades. The informative film beginning the tour will... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Honestly, we decided to go here because it was just a very hot day and we wanted to do something indoors. I wasn't expecting much. But, surprisingly, it was really neat! The gentleman working the admissions desk was super-friendly. The tour begins with a short video about the history of, you guessed it, wreckers. Yes, they were first made in... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I hooked cars in my late teen years so I feel a bit of a connection here. Even if you don't have that connection, if you like to see technology evolve, and you have some time, this is an interesting visit. There is a short video, and then you wander the displays and get to see some early day equipment... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A museum full of tow trucks. From the biggest to the fastest to the oldest. Plenty of information and very interesting. And the people working there are very nice and helpful.

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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

On a recent trip along I-24 with friends, we decided to take a break from the heat and traffic and stop at this museum. It was just 30 minutes before closing time on a Friday afternoon and we were unsure what to expect as we walked in. The staff is the first delight you encounter. We were greeted so pleasantly,... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Lots of history associated with the towing and recovery industry. Plenty of TLC and work went into the museum and its exhibits.

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Grant, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Wasn't real sure about going to this place but were we surprised! I great trip back down memory lane and the displays of trucks, cars and photos were fantastic. A must see for all ages.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Surprisingly good display and wall of heroes. Thought it sounded hokey but was charmed by the earnestness of the staff and the displays.

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Amberg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

What a wonderful find! Features the WORLD's Largest Wrecker and the world's fastest wrecker. The short film before entering the museum is very interesting and seeing the different wreckers and memorabilia was very cool. What was really neat to find out is that one of the founding members own O'Hare Towing in Chicago and features some of the older trucks.... More 

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