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A very sombering and educational museum suited for all ages as demonstrated by a two year old guest... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nancy S
The only thing that would make this better is to be bigger

Great little inexpensive museum that serves as a good little time filler with the larger things to... read more

Reviewed May 25, 2019
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A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.
3315 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408-3052
+1 423-267-3132
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very sombering and educational museum suited for all ages as demonstrated by a two year old guest who upon entering THE DISPLAY ROOM exclaimed "WOW WEE" ! History is right here--represented by vehicles, equipment, pictures, videos and the marvelous toy collection. I had no...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

Great little inexpensive museum that serves as a good little time filler with the larger things to do close by. If you are a gear head or first responder it’ll peak your interest. Also very educational on how towing and the equipment got it’s start...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

An inexpensive, fun tour of old tow trucks and learning about how the tow truck came about. I wasn't very enthused about this as it was for my boyfriends benefit but found I enjoyed it just as much as he did. It's a small building...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Wendy B
Reviewed April 7, 2019

Interesting but quirky. In Chattanooga because that is where the first "tow truck" was made. Display of some 15 or so different era tow and recovery vehicles. If you are in the first responders line of work it will be interesting. For everyone else -...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 509,314
Reviewed March 8, 2019

Our family visited the International Towing and Recovery Museum because my guys love that stuff. The building was full of tow trucks from different periods and they had one that helped with tow efforts in Europe during WWII. All along the back wall were display...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 11, 2019

Nice collection of tow wreckers. From old to newer. Very will laid out and good signage on each piece. Staff was very enthusiastic and informative. Good place to visit, especially with the Coker Car Museum closed.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barolo-Alba
Reviewed December 27, 2018

Good little place to go to spend about an hour. If you have a child that loves cars, vehicles or towing trucks, you should definitly try it out. Cute gift shop at the end.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wendy T
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Hubby just had to visit this place while in Chattanooga. I really liked the display outside the museum. Outside the museum was a wall of people that have lost their lives while towing/rescuing by tow truck. There were alot of names on that wall. REally...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sassiedarntn
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Ever since we were planning our road trip around America (we're from Australia) this place was on our list of things to do. Before you enter the museum you watch a short film which is both interesting and informative. We then went into the museum...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank McGoo8
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Stopped in to see the old collection of Tow Trucks. Small and crowded, but there were some great specimens of the vintage tow trucks to view. If you are ever in Chattanooga I would say stop in and check it out.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Robin G
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Deborah J
May 18, 2019|
Response from Wendy B | Reviewed this property |
The hours are Monday-Saturday, 9-5 and Sunday 11-5
September 3, 2018|
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Response from kandcpiet | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your interest in the subject, doesn't it ? It's not about only the vehicles but includes some of the unique tools and techniques involved in the trade. There is also a hall of fame and a dedication to those who... More
March 8, 2018|
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Response from 212Moree | Reviewed this property |
There are trucks from very early (1800's) through the present. Not sure of the number. If you're like me it would take 1 to 11/2 hours to walk through and look. If you are an antique auto buff or a tow and recovery fan... More