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“Surprising Amount of very cool cars” 5 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 34 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.
Wasilla, Alaska
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“Surprising Amount of very cool cars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was blown away buy the amount and quality of the vehicles they have DEFINETLY not what I was expecting in Fairbanks AK . well worth the visit

Visited August 2013
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“Great Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a great museum if you like cars or just early 20th century culture. Was very surprised at the quality of restored early american cars. Worth a visit if you are in the Fairbanks area.

Visited August 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“World class collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is an amazing museum of antique cars, and it's in Fairbanks, of all places. I was talked into going to this museum by my brother, a Fairbanksan. I'm not particularly interested in automobile history, but this is one primo collection of historic cars. Well worth taking the time to see.

Visited September 2012
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“Outstanding calibre of vehicle on display”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Many rare vehicles on display. Expertly restored and have won many awards. Very High calibre displays with complimentary auditory devices. Admission $10. Enjoyed the old movies and stories as well. Knowledgeable gal on the front desk in the evening. Great display of woman's antique clothing as well.

Visited August 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Quick visit, but excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The museum was about to close when we arrived there, but the receptionist allowed us to go in, 'just for 5 minutes", so we were very happy. The vehicles on show are just immaculate, and they are matched with vintage clothing from the dates of the cars - brilliant. So there was something for everyone - the men could check out the wonderful cars, and the women could admire the amazing vintage clothes! And they only charge $5 admission - well worth the visit.

Visited July 2013
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