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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-450-2100
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska... more » 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. « less
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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Queensland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Cumming, Georgia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

While on a land and cruise trip to Alaska we visited the city of Fairbanks. My friend and I thought an Antique Auto Museum would be interesting to our husbands as they had been so good to accommodate our trip ventures. We were surprised that we all LOVED the museum. It was well lit, clean, bright and shiny. Not only... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Audio tour excellent. Cars are amazing and the costumes from the same era are an added bonus. Wanted to sit in all the cars.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

It took a little bit to find as we were using public transport but thanks to the wonderfully helpful bus driver who told us where to get off and where to head for we did find it, and despite my initial thoughts of it won't be that interesting I'm so glad we went. It was amazing! The cars were beautifully... More

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

What an amazing place in such an unexpected location! The cars are displayed beautifully and they are works of art. Along with the cars, they have period costumes and they are also exquisite. This place is just a gem! Well worth a visit!

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was so unexpected! We were shocked at the high quality of this museum. Best car museum we had ever been to! The cars are beautifully restored and displayed. Also the superb collection of clothes that correspond to the early turn of the century cars are amazing! Love this place and highly recommend a visit. At $10 for admission, this... More

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