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“Antique auto museum in Fairbanks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-450-2100
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Ranked #1 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Type: Museums
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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.
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“Antique auto museum in Fairbanks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I was not expecting to find such a nice place in this small city. I went there first to find out there were open only on Sundays during the winter. I went back though on Sunday and I am happy that I did it.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful Cars and Informative Explanations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Museum has fantastic old vehicles, and suggested route is from oldest to "newest." Signage and volunteers offer great historical perspectives and facts. What amazed me the most is how huge most of the cars are, as well as the beautifully crafted details on them. They are works of art!

Visited February 2013
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“Wow!!! Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I visit car museums every chance I get, and this one is the best by far. It's not a hodge podge of mixed up makes and models. Women's fashions are displayed according to the period of the car. Very nicely done. Wives love it.

Visited November 2012
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“Neat collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is one of the best car museums I have ever seen. It has an array of cars from the late 1800s to the 1930s, along with some period antique clothing. It also has several short films that are interesting to watch.

Visited January 2013
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“Very well done!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I thought this might be a tad boring since I am not a car buff but it was an amazing place. The cars are gorgeous and the displays are complete with women's beautiful period clothing. The historic clothing made it even more interesting.

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