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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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Crown Point
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure what decade of cars I would be seeing when I went over there, but was told all about it by several people before we moved up to Fairbanks. I enjoyed several hours of looking at classic cars from the early 1900s. I was the youngest person in the museum, but it was fun to see the quality... More

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Quinton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We were amazed that any one individual could amass such a wonderful collection of antique automobiles and vintage clothing. We were so glad that we chose to visit this attraction.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were staying at the wedgewood suites, and the museum was adjacent so we stopped in. The cost of admission is just a token of what this attraction is really worth.

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Culver, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We heard about this place through word of mouth and since we had an entire day before our flight left, decided to try to find it. It was a 2-1/2 mile walk from the Westmark Fairbanks and well worth the hike and the $10/pp fee. It contains 89 cars that date from 1898 to 1936, along with the fashion of... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My family came to visit, and we went here for one of our day trips. Worth every penny!! the old cars and their history are just amazing, and getting to dress up in old fashion clothing and sit in a old car for a photo, was a great memory! If you are a car nut, this is the place to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A display of beautifully done-up antique cars ranging from a hand-made car to ostentatious limousines. This exhibition also includes interesting old photos and mannequins in period dresses. I enjoyed the early black and white movie showing cars competing with people and horse-drawn vehicles on the streets. A fascinating insight into the development of the first vehicles and vehicle-related aspects of... More

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Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This small collection of wonderful early prize winning automobiles is worth seeing. Some of these cars can not be seen anywhere else.

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

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

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

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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