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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
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Ranked #1 of 37 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

All American made cars, gas, electric, hybrid, steam, you name it. As well the period clothing brought it all together. Don't forget to find a docent to walk you through and be sure to see how the automobile left it's mark on Alaska.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Auto Museum is a must see attraction in Fairbanks. I've been to a number of auto museums across the country and this one is by far the best. They have a wonderful selection of cars that will appeal to all interests weather you're a gearhead, art aficionado, history buff or just appreciate some well built beautiful cars.

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Newport Beach
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9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Do you like old, beautiful, rare and restored automobiles? Do you like fashions from the same period as the automobiles? If you do, this place is for you!. Plan on at least an hour or two to fully appreciate this wonderful collection. For only $5.00 per person (if you stay at the hotel next door) it was the best bargain... More

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Naples, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This museum was beautifully organized and creative. Particularly cool were the manikins dressed in period costumes to match the cars near them. There were great informational signs and videos about the autos, the fashions, and the historical periods. Both my husband and I really enjoyed Fountainhead and learned a lot. The museum is set in a beautiful natural setting with... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I'm not a history or car buff but I did learn and see a lot at this gem! There is one car that you can sit in, dress in early 1900's clothes and take your own photos. Also, the repair shop is within the museum so you can see them hard at work on the antique cars!

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Singapore, Singapore
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

lots of vintage cars... very quiet musuem.. good information on the evolution of cars in the early century.. good way of spending time in fairbanks..

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Fairbanks, Alaska
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A close friend invited me to come check this auto museum out on a day off. I can honestly say that as a car enthusiast this will tickle your fancy from the creation of the automobile to 1940. Very vintage and very clean. As we were walking around we met a guy cleaning one of the cars and asked him... More

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Rio Linda, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. It is a wonderful museum and so beautifully maintained. There is something for everyone,the women will love all the vintage clothing and jewelry ! You can even get in costume and take pictures in one of the vintage cars. Really great time !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This collection is kept in very good condition. It is well laid out and staff helpful. A good find. Easy to get to. Nice walk close by.

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Really enjoyed walking through the Auto Museum. Great collection of cars and antiques. A little spendy to get in, but if you appreciate antique autos and their history it's worth the visit

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