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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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Address: 212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone Number: +1 907-450-2100
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection...
This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska motoring history. With over 100 vintage outfits exhibited alongside automotive works of art, visitors are treated to a visually stunning trip back to a time when cars and fashion dominated the luxury goods market. The museum's automobile collection features over 85 American-made vehicles, including beautifully restored horseless carriages, nickel touring cars, rakish speedster, elegant classics, and early racecars. From rare marquees like Compound and Argonne to well-known names like Packard and Stutz, visitors will be amazed at the beauty, innovation, and history of these rolling masterpieces. All but a few of the automobiles are driven each summer, making this a true "living museum."Home to more than 600 textiles from the 18th to the Mid-20th Century, the museum presents one of the largest historic fashion collections on permanent display in the Western United States. The exhibits include enchanting examples of men's and women's fashions, from silk bustle dresses and motoring dusters to shimmering flapper shifts and dapper tuxedos. Antique accessories including historic hats, shoes, jewelry, and more complete the scores of vintage elegance. Historic photos and videos located throughout the galleries vividly illustrate the extreme circumstances faced by Alaska's pioneering motorists. Although dreadful road conditions and severe climate were unkind to their vehicles, some of these early cars survived and several are exhibited in the Alaska Gallery. These include the Territory's very first automobile, built in 1905 by a man who had never seen a car before! At the Sourdough Roadhouse, children and adults can don period clothing and climb aboard a 1911 automobile for photographs along the Old Valdez Trail.
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What a total surprise! We've been to antique auto museums from New York state to California and this it the most impressive museum yet. Not only are the cars rare, but they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

What a total surprise! We've been to antique auto museums from New York state to California and this it the most impressive museum yet. Not only are the cars rare, but they are in mint condition and are stunners. My husband is the car-guy, but what won me over was the extensive display of antique women's clothing and accessories, displayed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I go here regularly. A wondering display of beautiful cars and the history of america. I highly recommend going here at least once!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Many wonderful classic cars!! Really enjoyed this! I encourage you to stop here if you have any interest in antique cars. They also have fashions of the same time period as the cars and they are beautiful pieces. The shop where they maintain the cars is inside the museum, so if you are there during the week, you can see... More 

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Eagle River, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Jay Leno would be jealous. Several one of a kind vehicles, or one of three or five ever made. Period outfits were displayed with information placards next to each vehicle, of which there are almost eighty, all in pristine, original condition. There was also one antique automobile that customers were allowed to sit in while wearing vintage driving outfits. This... More 

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

If you are a lover of the automobile, and/or a lover of beautiful period costume dress, do not miss this fabulous museum! You will experience one of the most extensive and meticulously displayed collections of antique automobiles found anywhere. Each vehicle has been restored to working order on site And the beautiful clothing worn at the same time as the... More 

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Auburn, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I've been to several car museums and this one is the best by far. Everyone of the cars is unique and has been restored to perfect condition. My wife ask where the Model A was and was told that there was nothing unique about the Model A so they didn't have one. In addition they have age appropriate clothing around... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A nice variety of autos that are well displayed, annotated, and easy to view. In addition to the car many of the displays have female mannequins dressed in clothing from the era of the car's manufacture. A nice touch for family of varying interests.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We couldn't believe it when we walked in the door. When traveling as couples we try to find places that will interest the husbands and wives. My sister & I were not too excited about going to a car museum but the guys wanted to check it out. Were we surprised when we entered the building! The cars were beautifully... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I loved the modern kept up nature of the museum. The cars are beautifully restored classics ranging from 1898 to 1936, and are things of beauty to behold. Clothing of the era is also displayed near the vehicles, and the huge photos hung on the walls are all taken in Alaska and struck me as art, in their own right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I was hesitant to go, as I'm not a car buff. It ended up being a very worthwhile stop, this is an incredible collection. There is one car you are able to climb into and take pictures in, this was a family favorite.

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Additional Information about Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Address: 212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone Number: +1 907-450-2100
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 10

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