International Towing and Recovery Museum, Chattanooga

4.5
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4.7
  • My husband really enjoyed this place. He kept telling others about it after our visit. Very clean. I enjoyed looking at the wall of matchbox sized tow trucks. There was a short film to watch at the be...  more »
  • My husband wanted to visit this museum and as the weather was not good we decided to visit. The trolley stopped as the museum it was ideal. My husband thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the exhibits and th...  more »
  • Absolutely amzing things to see here. The history, even bluepti ts for the very firt tow truck. The first flat bed car haulers. Great museum and gift shop. Even fun for the little ones "Mater from Car...  more »
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  • Informs and expands upon a very specialized subsection of our society. Often forgotten and ignored, until your vehicle breaks down of course, this museum marks all the early wreckers with an emphasis on the mechanical over the hydraulic that permeates our society today. Great pictures and some beautiful restored vehicles from the first half of the 20th century. I would have enjoyed it more if it went over and informed the actual mechanics involved in towing and how it changed. Needs an historian's touch or a museum curator's involvement to make some more interactive exhibits though. Very tenuous international links but it would be difficult to get vehicles from outside the US to Chattanooga, TN.
  • I enjoyed the history and the old vehicles. My 4 year old grandson loved the toys and especially the two wreckers that he could climb in and even operate! Exceeded expectations!
  • It's cool to see how the towing industry has changed over the years. They also have a cool truck you can run the controls yourself.
  • Got some beautiful trucks here. Staff is helpful and polite. 10/10 Worth
  • Nice museum but a little bit on the small side. Probably a must for any real car enthusiast and it's a shrine for people in the towing industry. Four stars instead of 5 because at $10 I think it's a little pricey considering you can go to the Lane Museum in Nashville for $12 which has a collection of over 400 vehicles.

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