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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 36 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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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Audio tour excellent. Cars are amazing and the costumes from the same era are an added bonus. Wanted to sit in all the cars.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

It took a little bit to find as we were using public transport but thanks to the wonderfully helpful bus driver who told us where to get off and where to head for we did find it, and despite my initial thoughts of it won't be that interesting I'm so glad we went. It was amazing! The cars were beautifully... More

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Sonoma, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place in such an unexpected location! The cars are displayed beautifully and they are works of art. Along with the cars, they have period costumes and they are also exquisite. This place is just a gem! Well worth a visit!

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This was so unexpected! We were shocked at the high quality of this museum. Best car museum we had ever been to! The cars are beautifully restored and displayed. Also the superb collection of clothes that correspond to the early turn of the century cars are amazing! Love this place and highly recommend a visit. At $10 for admission, this... More

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Overland Park, KS
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

When we first went in the museum we anticipated maybe spending an hour or so there. We ended up spending 3 hours. There is a lot of information to read about the many cars that they have on display.

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Cypress, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place is quite amazing! Kinda hidden away, and nondescript from the outside. But once you walk in... wow! If you enjoy vintage cars or clothing, you must stop in here!

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Crown Point
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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