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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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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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Cool and unique Fairbanks hidden gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I visited this museum last winter while I was in Fairbanks. At the door I received a discount for staying at the Wedgewood, from there things only got better. The quality of the cars was impeccable, the rarity was just as impressive. There were 5 cars in the museum that were the only ones in the world. All of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Very antique auto and great history behind it. They put it out so well that they got as well dresses for match ! Wow!

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

from what others have told me this is the best auto museum they have ever been to. they lived in lower 48 and visited may others. I love this place the only one I have ever been to, but it is amazing! I love the people there who can explain about all the vehicles here very interesting, even if your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Seek out this museum if you are in Fairbanks, you will not be disappointed if you like antique cars. This place is amazing! Don't miss the area you can dress up in old clothing & climb in an old car for photo's, it's tons of fun! I highly recommend you to build in time for a visit here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am a local and would probably not have gone to see old cars if not invited by a friend. I am so glad I went, the cars are painted so beautifully, the docent does such a wonderful job of telling stories about each vehicle and the vintage clothing is remarkable. I highly recommend this as a must see both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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