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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 35 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

While staying at the Bear Lodge on the same campus, we walked over to visit this museum. It was amazing. Not only do they have an excellent and very large antique auto museum, they have an impressive display of antique clothing, dresses, shoes and jewelry from the women and men from this era. There are several videos displayed on TV's... More

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Acton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Very well maintained antique autos going back to 1898. We learned a lot. The museum not only had auto, it had outfits people wore during those times. Worth the $5 and two hours we spent there.

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was totally blown away to find an antique car museum of this caliber in Fairbanks. There were about 70 cars there from 1900 to the mid 1930's -- most makes I had never heard of, but the displays were excellent and the educational aspect of this museum was wonderful.

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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a great place to visit for Alaska auto history and US auto history. The museum director has done a great job of arranging and displaying them. The period clothing is well displayed. The large old photos were great. The videos of old Alaskan scenes are all over. Staff is very helpful and the free audio players are very... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We decided to go to this museum at the last minute. I am certainly glad we did. This is the finest Auto Museum I have ever been to. Dozens of immaculate pre 1940's classic cars. I was told all but 3 of them are run regularly. Also, lots of period dresses accompany many of the displays. Large pictures of historical... More

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Very high quality, drop dead gorgeous cars, plus some cool old trucks out front and the really weird Fordson snow devil tractor thing sort of! Also local historical connections. A well thought out exhibit

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Twinsburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

What makes this place different than other Car Museums is that they have the Clothes of that time period to go along with the cars. They also have several videos you can watch from the Era of their cars. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There was a freak power outage that lasted over 50 minutes and I was... More

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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There was lots to see and some quite unusual exhibits. I particularly liked the fact that they also had a costume display for dress of the era of the particular car as it gave me something of interest whilst husband enjoyed the vehicles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have been antique car owners and interested in them for many years. We have visited many fine museums but the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum tops them all. We could not believe the quality of the restorations, with cars from the late 1800's through 1936, and most of them are one of a kind. Lots of information on the history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was so impressed with this museum in Fairbanks that I will be going back really soon. Fabulous!!! The period clothing was also wonderful.

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