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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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Really good movie at start and really cool exhibits to the history and legacy of the towing industry. The merchandise exhibits was awesome and the hall of fame was really cool.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
James C
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good movie at start and really cool exhibits to the history and legacy of the towing industry. The merchandise exhibits was awesome and the hall of fame was really cool.

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Thank James C
Atlanta, GA
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've driven through the Chattanooga area several times over the last couple of years and noticed the signs for this museum. Finally had time to visit on a recent trip, and very glad that we did. We know virtually nothing about the towing industry, but still enjoyed the historic exhibits and displays. Loved the period photos and memorabilia. The staff... More 

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Thank OnDaRoad46
Indiana
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum with several trucks and tools. A large selection of tow toys too. The people were nice. Give it a look!

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Thank ssiegrist
Islamorada, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum explores the evolution of the tow truck from its beginning in Chattanooga 100 years ago up until present. A wide variety of vehicles is displayed, ranging from really old trucks to some heavy duty monsters. Display cases along the walls contain hundreds of small scale models.

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Thank Bugzie913
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you are in the towing industry or even if you are not you have to visit this place it has a lot of history about the towing industry and lots and old tow trucks

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Thank karenandbrentmour
Grafton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dedicated to the tow industry and their vital role in keeping transportation rolling. Also a reminder that these guys put their lives at risk on the major roadways to recover our vehicles. The memorial was a good reminder.

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Thank Nicholas C
Clinton, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a most interesting collection of tow trucks representing the different ones since the first one was made in 1915 in Chattanooga. I had never thought about tow trucks before. After visiting this place, I will be more aware of them and the job their humans do to help keep our road ways safe for travel. In addition... More 

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Thank Felicia F
Carrollton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this place to all.I can't hardly walk around for long time went in and Jim the guy that owns the place let me borrow and use a hoveround electric wheelchair Which made my visit so great. He was such a nice guy.really fun place to go into has alot of wreckers.

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Tri-Cities, Tennessee
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

This is a one of a kind experience. Only one in the world. My husband had a fabulous time, I had a good time :) Great way to spend an afternoon and very informative.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Nice display of vintage towing equipment. Good little video to watch upon entry. Close to the incline and other attractions.

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