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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 2013
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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Anchorage, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful collection of early automobiles, period clothing and history all presented in a beautiful shiny indoor setting with knowledgeble guides ready to answer your questions. We will have to go back to see everything.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A little pricey but the collection was stunning and everything was so accessible - right there to take in not locked behind some dusty old case. The museum was pristine clean! Lovely people too!

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This museum not only showcases dozens of priceless antique automobiles, but does so in context of Fairbanks' history. I am amazed at the quality of this museum and recommend it without reservation.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you have any interest in antique autos, you MUST see this museum! We happened to be in Fairbanks over a weekend and were able to see this museum on Sunday afternoon, which is the only time it is open during the winter. I was not expecting much but was completely amazed at the quality and completeness of this museum.... More

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I was astounded when I walked through the doors. I was expecting to see just a few cars but this museum was loaded and the quality was very high! This museum is so good that it appears out of place being in Fairbanks, it was a very pleasant surprise. Check hours of operation before you go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

“Do Not Miss this Museum!” We had a great time in Fairbanks, and this museum. Intended to spend an hour but had so much fun we stayed for two. We wish we had 3 but had to get on the road. If you come to Fairbanks don't miss this!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We had a lot of time in Fairbanks, and this museum was on our list of things to do. In the winter, it is only open on Sunday, so we plan accordingly and were lucky enough to squeeze in a vist. Wow. This is a fantastic place! Great antique automobiles with very informative displays. The cars are rare and in... More

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Louisville, KY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My husband really enjoyed this place. I became bored with the cars but loved looking and reading about the fashions of the eras.

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Anchorage, AK, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We went there as an after-thought, and it was the highlight of our visit to Fairbanks. I have done other really fun things there including the river tour. This museum would be my pick for a must-do on any visit to the Golden Heart city. I cannot give enough thanks for the warm welcome and the personal treatment we were... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Unbelievable how much has been put into this museum and to know that thy drive all but one in the summer is amazing. Full of history or cars, clothes from that era and even a car you can dress up and take pictures in for free, People available to answer any question you may have, Not a car person but... More

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