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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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This place blew my mind. Everyone who comes to Fairbanks should go here -- I can't even believe all of these beautifully restored cars (and clothing) are in Fairbanks of all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Girdwood, Alaska
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Totally enjoyed everything about this place. Beautiful cars. Exquisite period clothing. Fun to dress up and take photos (free)! Very knowledgable docents. First rate auto museum.

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Girdwood, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This place blew my mind. Everyone who comes to Fairbanks should go here -- I can't even believe all of these beautifully restored cars (and clothing) are in Fairbanks of all places! It's the best $10 I spent when I was there -- a must-see.

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Milford, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Excellent My husband and I like visiting museums. We enjoyed this auto museum better than the Ford Museum in MI. We were fortunate that our bus driver from Denali to Fairbanks told us about it or we would have missed it.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I can't believe that I had missed this in the past. I was taken away by the quality and quantity of exhibits. Not only the autos but also the fashions of the same period. I was pleasantly surprised as to how my 2 year old grandchild enjoyed this as well as everybody in our diverse party.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We would never have found this place if it wasn't for the residents of the area. I was surprised to see all the beautiful vehicles. They are set in wide open spaces, easy to see every aspect of the vehicle right down to the motor.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have been an auto museum fan for years being a Reno NV resident. The world famous Harrah's Auto Collection was based there for many years until it was partially broken up. The Fountainhead collection is indeed excellent and has a number of the Harrah's pieces. The layout inside the museum is very well done and they couple it with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I love looking at the cars, motorbikes, clothing etc. I dislike that if walking from a bus stop, it is a bit far and can be confusing to find. Hopefully more signs out now.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I had a great time looking at the historical costyme as my husband enjoyed the cars. Would have budgetted more rime if we realized how great it was going to be!

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Talkeetna, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Certainly an antique auto museum but much more. They also display period clothing (mostly women's clothing of the same era as the cars). Don't miss the videos as they are very interesting. Look for the one of San Fransico in the early days of autos sharing Market Street with horse drawn wagons, trolly cars, bicycles and people. Wow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We were blown away buy the world class collection of vehicles, beautifully displayed, and the lighting is perfect. This is a must see for anyone visiting the city of Fairbanks, and if you live hear, don't miss out on this attraction. A real Gem in Alaska.

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