International Towing & Recovery Museum

3315 Broad St, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408 USA

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“everything you never knew about towing”

It all started more than 20 years ago when a group of dedicated towing professionals, the Friends of Towing, decided to recognize outstanding individuals in the towing and recovery industry worldwide, record the industry’s history, collect and display artifacts and memorabilia in a museum setting, and provide information about the industry to the public. The first Hall of Fame class consisted of 27 members and today has grown to include over 300 distinguished towing professionals. In its humble beginnings, the Friends of Towing displayed the Hall of Fame and Museum in a semi-trailer and drove it to and from towing and recovery industry trade shows across the country. In 1995 when it came time to settle down in one permanent location, the organization decided on the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga had been credited as the birthplace of the tow truck thanks to inventor Ernest Holmes Sr. Holmes and his son Ernest Holmes Jr. would go on to establish a major towing manufacturer named the Ernest Holmes Company. Today, the museum has evolved from the humble Friends of Towing into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2006, the museum dedicated a Memorial, The Wall of the Fallen, in honor of men and women who had lost their lives in the line of service. In 2007, at the first Wall of the Fallen dedication service, 94 names where added. Since its establishment, the names of towing operators who have lost their lives are added to the wall during a special ceremony in September. The International Towing Museum is the only place in the world that offers a close encounter with a tow truck that is actually fun, positive, and nostalgic.

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Elizabeth M.

This place pays homage to Tow trucks and salvage crews and all who have lost a loved one to road side service tragedy. It was a very interesting place. They show a movie about the Holmes family... Read more

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Steven L.

My friend and I had a good time. I'd been there several years ago. Since I was there, they added a new lower level with more exhibits and trucks. Overall, there are about 15-20 trucks, easy... Read more

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Bruce K.

Everything had to be invented somewhere and the concept of towing was invented here in Chattanooga. Since the first tow truck was created here in town, why wouldn't the museum dedicated to the... Read more

International Towing & Recovery Museum

3315 Broad St
Chattanooga, Tennessee
37408 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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