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

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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Wow, best automobile museum I have ever seen

All of the cars are in terrific condition, most of them run, but are shined up to make you think they are brand new. In addition to the cars, there is an array of vintage clothing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ginny B
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Easton, Maryland

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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

All of the cars are in terrific condition, most of them run, but are shined up to make you think they are brand new. In addition to the cars, there is an array of vintage clothing to bring the time period of the cars to life. The staff is very knowledgeable, full of stories and information.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Private collection, restored and all drivable. Historic clothing and film on the cars. Worth the tine and fee.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You would not think that in Fairbanks, there is a Smithsonian class museum hidden away in back of the Wedgewood Resort. The ~100 cars are arrange by year, and surrounded by period dress and pictures of the era. And all these cars run. The attention to detail of the restoration is fantastic. Some of the cars are tagged to events... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to other car museums in the past but this one really has a great selection of cars. If you are in Fairbanks this is a must see.

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to visit the auto museum because it is very convenient to the hotel we stayed in. The number and quality of autos is incredible. Definitely worth visiting.

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Nuiqsut, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place for the auto enthusiast. My kids liked it too. Though not for younger kids. Very good collection, and hands-on.

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Clark, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Generally not a big fan of museums much less car museums, but this one truly rocks. Our tour guide to Chena Hot Springs mentioned Fountainhead and dropped us off there. Wow, could easily have spent an entire day there. The quality of the vehicles is amazing and the textiles (clothing) from each area made for a delightful afternoon. All ages... More 

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Nampa, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see when travelling to Fairbanks, it is out of the way, but ask anyone in town and they can direct you to the Fountainhead Auto Museum, spent 2 hours there last week and could have spent more. Take lots of batteries for your camera, you will need them. Great place to visit. The people there were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to Fairbanks, more than a few times, however this was the first time I had ever visited this museum. I visited with family, I was very surprised at the amount of exhibits and loved everything about this museum. I hightly recommend it, if you are ever in the area! I for one will definitely, be stopping by... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Auto Buff or not, Fountainhead Museum is a bucket list to do, when visiting Fairbanks. Very informative with the History of the automobile and the History of Interior Alaska. You may come out knowing more about Alaska then some of the folks who live here. Excellent Auto Displays and era Displays as well.........Auto Ecology I've been practicing for many years... More 

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