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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 34 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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NEW YORK CITY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were staying deliberately in the same resort. The owner of the museum is known as the Trump of Fairbanks and he rightly deserves it. We intended to spend around 2 hours at the museum but ended up staying for around 5 hours , the cars are all privately owned and managed well. There is a section where you can... More

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Ma.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was an awesome take. $10.00 to get in, and what an experience. Wonderful historical cars and clothes from the period of each car. Meticulous care has been taken with these cars. Photos are encouraged, and there is one car that can be used for a photo opportunity. Lots of fun.

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Seward, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband saw the road sign for automotive museum and he was all in. I have been to many automotive museums and didn't jump at the prospect--neither did my 8 year old daughter. How surprised were we, then, when we found out that along with the beautiful, classic cars were period dresses! My daughter loves drawing clothing designs, so she... More

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Smithfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I went to this museum because of what I read on trip advisor. I was impressed by the great reviews. I must say it even exceeded my expectations. It was pre WW II and the cars were absolutely beautiful, perfectly maintained, and in running order. The clothing and hats were gorgeous. The photography on the walls added so much to... More

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I went along with my husband somewhat reluctantly because I am not an antiques auto enthrusiast. But I was very pleasantly surprise. Their display of antique clothing is outstanding. The displays were well marked and the audio tour gave very good explanations. I would recommend it.

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Top Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I had read good things about this museum, but had to drag my reluctant friend to get him to go along with me. I didn't have any expectations and his were of a big old barn with a few antique cars in it. What a delightful museum this is. The car collection is amazing, they are beautifully restored, the period... More

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Hooksett NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This relatively new auto museum has an amazing collection of vehicles, all owned by one gentleman ! Plan on about 60-90 minutes here. You can even get a peak at the garage where they work on vehicles, most of which are taken on the road in good weather; parades, etc.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was, perhaps, the highlight of our trip. Both men and women in our group enjoyed it immensely. The restorations are breathtakingly beautiful, and the period costumes displayed along side the autos made the displays even more appealing. It is definitely worth the trouble of locating the museum and worth every penny of the very reasonable entrance fee. I am... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

When in Fairbanks, Alaska, anyone even remotely interested in old cars prior to 1930 should see this museum. Entrance fee is small and they run a bus to key areas of Fairbanks for free which allows you access to rest of town. The cars are beautifully restored and matched with period clothing pieces. The staff is very friendly. I planned... More

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This hidden gem in Fairbanks, AK should not be missed. Reasonable entry fees. The diverse and exquisite kinds of cars and actual period clothing of those times are gorgeous. They give you audio devices so you can hear about the history of each car. There are also large photos mounted on the wall of people during those times and their... More

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