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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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Address: 212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone Number: 907-450-2100
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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Fairbanks' Best Kept Secret

This is an incredible antique auto museum. The range of antique cars and the way they are presented is incredible, especially the ones tied to Alaska's history. It's a great place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This is an incredible antique auto museum. The range of antique cars and the way they are presented is incredible, especially the ones tied to Alaska's history. It's a great place to spend 2-3 hours. Be sure to bring a camera! Sadly, very few people in Fairbanks have been inside the museum, hidden away at the back of a resort.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

If you want to see an amazing Automobile Museum come to Fairbanks and see the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. It is truly a historic Auto Museum. There is costumes from the eras that the cars are from. Pictures are above on the walls of Alaska in history. Many of the pictures have old cars in them. I have not seen... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I am not a car fanatic, but this museum was great. Interesting even for people who are not that interested in cars.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everything to like and nothing to not like! This car collection is awesome and I was totally blown away the first time I visited. Almost all the 60+ cars are in running condition and look as if they just came off the showroom floor. Ladies, even if this doesn't appeal to you, go anyway because its also a fashion show... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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58 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've reviewed this place before and I cannot say enough great things. There are so many beautifully restored vehicles and older clothing. My daughter, who is five years old, had such a blast too looking at everything. I love how you can see into the shop where they service everything.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is beautiful and a treat to visit. The cars are fantastic, and I'm not even that much of an antique car person! In mint condition and gorgeous. All the period clothing to go with the era of each car makes it something for everyone. Give yourself plenty of time and I bet you still won't see it all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great collection of automobiles and costumes. The displays were very well done. I took my brother-in-law and wife and we reminisced about our family's history with cars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We learned about this place through Tripadvisor reviews and though it doesn't look like much from the outside, inside, you can find a true gem! Not only a large display of historic vehicles, but also a collection of ladies attire of the matching period! Note that the museum is open in the winter only one day a week so check... More 

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Kenai, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Fascinating and fun! AND you can have your picture taken in period clothing. It was very informative and walking distance from our room

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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I went for the first time last night. My jaw dropped when I saw it. REALLY??? When did that gem get put together. I am NOT a car person, but I loved this museum. Well put together and super nice. Just go. And take your family with you!

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