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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable...

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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give yourself a couple hours

Way more interesting than I expected, lots of history and amazing vehicles. And Fashions Too! I was mesmerized. A great way to spend a rainy/snowy afternoon!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Big Lake, Alaska

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Big Lake, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Way more interesting than I expected, lots of history and amazing vehicles. And Fashions Too! I was mesmerized. A great way to spend a rainy/snowy afternoon!

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't know this private collection was in Fairbanks until a couple years ago! We've seen some great old cars but nothing like this-- I love the plaques that accompany each vehicle, the large mural pictures, the clothing -- well, all of it! They've done an outstanding job. We'd rate this the #1 attraction in Fairbanks -- seriously. You have to... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This should be a must see venture. The old vehicles will blow your mind. They look straight out of the factory. It is well worth the trip. I guarantee you will not be disapointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will be floored by these beautifully restored cars! Unbelievable the number, kinds, age & plaques with their history. Some were pulled by horses near Valdez! Really a must see!

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

As a local, I always find myself recommending this attraction to all of our hotel guest. It is also a great place to hold a special function. Amazing

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Definitely worth a visit! An impressive collection of cars and great displays of old clothing and accessories.

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It's tucked away behind a hotel, but worth the effort to find it. Around 50 cars, focused solely on American companies prior to WWII. There were examples of steam and hybrid electric cars from the late 1800's early 1900's! An amazing collection, complete with examples of the type of dress people at the time would wear. The neat thing is... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Interesting Musuem, some of the oldest cars around. Located in a very nice plaza which includes some other hotels and ample room for parking. There is some construction at the entrance to the street off the main artery. Hopefully this will be resolves by winter

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Never been to a car museum before but had time to kill and was rated #1.. Definitely not your Alaska experience but definitely worth seeing. Very good collection of antiques. Even had a car you could dress up and get in to take pictures.. Loved it!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I am not a car person and if it wasn't for my husband, i wouldn't have visited this museum. That said, it was one of the most interesting museums I have visited. The car's were fabulous. They had a very interesting section with early auto's of Fairbanks, including the back stories and photo's of who owned them. A must see,... More 

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