We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Way cool!” 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
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Type: Museums
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Vancouver, Washington
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Way cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

This auto museum was amazing. The cars were spectacular and then to add to the experience they had tidbits on every single car. A lot of the tidbits revolved around the history of the car and the history of how the car ended up in Alaska. There were also "fun facts" in relation to most every car. There is also time period clothing on display. It was so much more than just a car museum. I really felt like I was a part of history!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

278 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    254
    22
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cantwell, Alaska
1 review
“Wonderful workmanship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

This is one of the best auto museums we have seen in a while. All the cars and the museum itself are very clean and well kept. I would like to see more advertisement on the College road for this attraction.

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dallas, OR
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the very best antique auto museums you can visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Plan to spend several hours if you like antique cars. Bring your camera & study shoes for walking & standing there looking!. It is interesting if you have a chance to speak with the man who is in charge of refurbished/preparing the autos for display.

It may a little difficult to locate in Fairbanks but don't give up - it is by the Wedgewood Resort.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Noth Pole
1 review
“A Gem in the Golden Heart of Alaska”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

I was blown away buy the world class collection of vehicals, beautifully displayed, and the lighting is perfect. This is a must see for anyone visiting the city of Fairbanks, and if you live hear, don't miss out on this attraction. A real Gem in the Golden Heart of Alaska !!!! George H. Doty

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Alaska
2 reviews
“An incredible trip into the history of the automobile.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

This museum is wonderful. Rare, beautiful and restored cars from the 19th and 20th century! Amazing lighting, pictures and videos are an added plus!

Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum also viewed

 

Been to Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.