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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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While staying at Bear Lodge dropped in the museum. Didn't know it was there until a hotel employee mentioned it. What a great treat it was to see all the antique autos, including... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Mount Sidney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

While staying at Bear Lodge dropped in the museum. Didn't know it was there until a hotel employee mentioned it. What a great treat it was to see all the antique autos, including the first automobile in Alaska. Lots of mannequins displaying historic attire. Don't miss it.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

this was recommended by the folks at explore fairbanks… i grew up around antique autos and this collection is outstanding - the history and the staff knowledge about the cars was superb. i love that all but three are working autos and they are grouped by period and paired with clothing from the era along with photos of the cars... More 

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Creve Coeur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This place is a definite must see when in Fairbanks, as it is a unique collection of old cars that have been restored, and that most are still driven.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Lots of cars, mostly from 1900 to 1930. Each car had a nearby sign describing its technology, significance, and history. I thought I'd be a bit bored, not to mention my wife, but it was all very interesting. You'll have a good feeling for the progression of car (and fashion) design and technology at the end. As an added bonus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

An amazing group of mint condition rare cars from the first half of te 20th century. Seeing the ongoing restauration was an added bonus.

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Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A really fancy car museum, I loved it. And there is also a nice collection of vintage dresses. There are some unique pieces. I is definitively worth an afternoon.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I had no idea this place was even in Fairbanks but it is an amazing spot for car buffs. The have a legitimately awesome collection of cars in great shape. The museum is huge...one of the biggest car museums I have seen. I would never have expected something that size in Fairbanks. It is definitely worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Many special cars that are beautifully restored, and the period appropriate clothing makes it a museum that wives can enjoy along with their auto loving husbands. The volunteer help at the museum were very knowledgable and accommodating. A great place to visit!

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alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Was pleasantly surprised to say the least!! Giant warehouse full to the brim with vintage cars in pristine condition. They had period appropriate dress and accessories to accent each vehicle and wonderful stories about their past. You could check out a free listening device to hear more information about many of the cars and items in the museum. There was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I was there for around 1 1/2 hours. The cars are amazing inside and out. I didn't know before going that they also had dresses/clothes that match the time period of the car. The plaques give a lot of information on the cars and clothes. Plus there are some videos to watch and big pictures on the walls. The lady... More 

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