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International Towing and Recovery Museum

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Address: 3315 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408-3052
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+1 423-267-3132

A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.

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Really glad I visited this museum, I had seen the sign from the Interstate and decided to call in. What a beautiful display of recovery trucks starting from the very first around... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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821 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Really glad I visited this museum, I had seen the sign from the Interstate and decided to call in. What a beautiful display of recovery trucks starting from the very first around up to modern times. The Hall of Fames have inductees from all over the world. Nice little gift shop and good restrooms.

Thank Yorkie1948
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We stopped here as my husband use to drive a tow truck. He really enjoyed the museum. We spent about 1 1/2 hours here.

Thank 795Martin
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I knew my husband would enjoy this and since it was raining we gave it a try. It was interesting and he really enjoyed it. Took lots of pictures. It is a small musium.

Thank BellJB
Auburn, Alabama
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

very nice little hole in the wall museum, very interesting to see the wall of pictures of people that have been inducted into the tow truck haul of fame wall. and the wall that has book cases of old toys, we enjoyed looking at them.

Thank AngieHead
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This was a great surprise as it connects with Americana in so many different ways. I will never look at a tow truck the same way again. Have I ever thought about who created the first wrecker? It was the Ernest Holmes Co. in Chattanoga around 1916. Auto, military, and toy enthusiasts will find an interesting collection of vintage vehicles... More 

Thank Janet L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The place is staffed by a very nice man named Jim. Clean neat and well kept trucks. There is a memorial to all killed serving other on our highways

Thank gooch224
Powder Springs, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I actually arranged a visit to this museum because I thought my husband would enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised that I found it as interesting as he did. Lots of history and interesting information.

Thank Cindy A
Westminster, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Excellent museum. Everything is kept clean and current. Exceptional staff which provided any and all assistance including answering my specific questions and listening to my ideas to help tell their story. Displays do an excellent job of telling the story of this unique and important part of the automotive industry.

Thank aspiritrider
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

We visited here with our Car Club. It is a small but very interesting Museum if you are into this sort of thing.

Thank Gail H
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I saw this place advertised so thought I would have a look. Reasonable entry fee, very interesting and lots to look at. Recommended to anyone in this field, otherwise it wouldn't be of too much interest.

Thank Kelly B

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