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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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Address: 212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone Number: +1 907-450-2100
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Wonderful, Fun Exhibit

This is probably one of the best car museums you will ever see. The building from the outside looks like nothing, but don't be fooled. It is worth the price of admission. Restored... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Fairbanks, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is probably one of the best car museums you will ever see. The building from the outside looks like nothing, but don't be fooled. It is worth the price of admission. Restored cars, vintage clothing, first car made in Alaska using a picture, hoochie koochie girl silent movie with her car adjacent. It is a fun place to visit.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One rainy day during our Fairbanks stay, we decided to visit the antique car / vintage clothing museum. I wasn't expecting great things, not being a car buff myself, but I knew my husband would love it. I found it really very interesting. The cost is quite reasonable - $10 / adult - and the person selling us our tickets... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This collection of vintage automobiles is world class. Many of them look like they just rolled out of the showroom, with their gleaming chrome and plush interiors. Plus the displays include beautiful museum quality clothing from the various driving eras. Amazing! If you like Downton Abbey, you'll love this museum. Note that the museum is tucked away behind apartment buildings... More 

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Fairbanks, AK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing time, really cool cars and lots of women's fashion which made it really beautiful and fun to visit. Spent a lot of time here looking around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Simply surprising! This museum holds only about 65 cars but each of them is superb, many of them the only one of their kind, only a few as late as the 1930's. Each of these cars get driven and serviced at least annually. Along with each car is an example of women's clothing from its era. Try to get a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy real classic cars, especially pre-WWII cars, you will really enjoy this museum. Almost every vehicle is owned is owned by one man and maintained by another. Almost every vehicle runs and is driven on a regular basis. This really is an amazing and enjoyable collection and it's even decorated with accessories from the pre-war period. If you're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This museum of old cars is wonderful, it took us almost 3 hours to go through the whole museum. They have period clothing to go with the year of the car. There is lots of great information on each car. There are also old videos to watch. The people that work at the museum are very knowledgeable.

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Freeville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Fantastic display, there were many cars that I had never seen or heard of before. All were restored to the highest grade and in running order. I was given a ride in a 1904 Rambler and they were giving rides in a Pierce Arrow as well. It was a definite wow!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We are not car enthusiasts by any means but due to to dearth of options in Fairbanks, we went here and had good time for couple hours. The collection is quite big for a small city. They also have dresses/garments from the era on display and you can even try them and get photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Truly a surprising and wondrous place. A collection of cars ,history, and period clothing you will see no where else.staff greeted us warmly and their full time mechanic patiently answered our questions and those of everyone. The age of the cars spans 1898 to late 1930's.Some are truly unique, others one of few in the world. They are well displayed... More 

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