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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Louisa, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I have been to a number of museums featuring automobiles but this is the best collection I have seen. They have 89 cars and over 60 are on display at any given time with a frequent rotation. The restoration quality of the cars is nothing less than perfect and the people working in the museum were very informative and professional.... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This automobile museum has automobiles from 1936 onwards and beside each car is a mannequin wearing clothing from the day. There are hundreds of photos around the walls. There are snippets of films about driving/riding in Alaska. Plus there is one car that you can actually sit in and take a photo. there is even a dress-up box for use... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you are a car enthusiast or enjoy Alaskan history, this is a must. It's not very big, but holds many cars and the people who work here are very knowledgeable and love to chat about the cars! For us, it was a great place to spend some time on a cold winter day and it turned out much cooler... More

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panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Not what you expect to visit in Fairbanks, but worth the money and time. One of the most amazing car museums we visited! All the car are in excelent conditions, with very detailed information. The cars are matched with clothing from the same time. This ads a nice touch to the exhibition. Worth to spend a few hours!

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Greenville, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This auto museum needs to get on your travel list while in Fairbanks. The ladies will enjoy it also as they have an extensive collection of dresses of the period and the cars are stunning. Don't forget to dress and take photos in the old car at the back.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband LOVED this place as he is a car guy. He took many pictures and read everything in the place. i was also entertained by the period clothing that is there. We were glad we went.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed this wonderful exhibit. Probably the best collection of early cars in the U.S. My wife also like seeing the fashions of that era! Don't miss this exhibit.

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