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International Towing and Recovery Museum

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Address: 3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone Number: +1 423-267-3132
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A museum commemorating the history of the tow truck.

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An expensive history lesson all about towing.

A wonderful musuem in the shadow of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Worth spending the 45 minutes with your family or by yourself and learn the history of towing in this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joe K
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful musuem in the shadow of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Worth spending the 45 minutes with your family or by yourself and learn the history of towing in this country. The first tow trucks or auto-ambulance they were called in the early 20th century started in Chattanooga. This musuem is dedicated to the history of a service we... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a memorial fountain, sculpture & wall remembering the tow truck drivers & recovery professionals that lost their lives I the line of duty. This was very moving. The museum has a wide spectrum of tow vehicles that illustrates the evolution of the need of towing and the equipment available during different eras. Staff members very friendly & helpful.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wall of the Fallen is very emotional. A reminder to keep your eyes open for those on the side of the road working. Fantastic exhibit.

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Thank Robin K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting. Not very big but it has not been around a long time as some of the other museums in the area. There is a coupon buy one get one free in a paper be sure to use this! It's not worth paying 10$ a person for but 5$ each is a more reasonable price.

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Szekesfehervar, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If your into cars and trucks, emergency vehicles, anything to do with the hauling or towing of cars or trucks. This place is an eye opener starting with the first tow truck to behemoths of today. Your wife may not enjoy this museum but a great place for guys and kids. Lot's of good information and vehicles on hand. Easy... More 

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really need to check it out if you want something out of the ordinary. There are vintage tow trucks large and small on display in the main exhibit room. In between all the trucks are old shop and garage items, such as antique tire changers, old two way radio stations, battery chargers, etc. At the conclusion is a model... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We loved it....so informative and fun! We had the place to ourselves and the guy at the desk was really nice and helpful!!

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Thank TravelingMo67
Centre, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Will appease the little boy and the child in all of us. Very informative on the history of the Towing and Recovery business.

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Thank johnmA8841QZ
Citrus Springs, Florida
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Being an automotive buff, I had to visit. Very informative about the history of the tow/recovery industry and the equipment. Loved seeing how the vehicles have evolved. Each vehicle had a poster with the description, age, etc. Neat place! Staff was great too!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This is a very interesting museum. Old tow trucks and towing equipment and a good description of towing history. It's close enough to downtown to make it an easy visit.

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