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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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Address: 212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone Number: +1 907-450-2100
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of...

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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Best car museum!

There were lots of unusual brands of cars. All the cars were restored like new. The period clothing added another dimension to the cars of there time. This is one of the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There were lots of unusual brands of cars. All the cars were restored like new. The period clothing added another dimension to the cars of there time. This is one of the best auto museums I have been too.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a unique museum! Loved going through the different decades and seeing the advancement of technology. Most amazing part is that all of these cars operate! Nest to the cars they also display period attire. Yes, this female non-car enthusiast actually had a great time here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether you love cars or not, you will absolutely enjoy this place! The cars are exceptionally well preserved, they look gorgeous! It's definitely worth spending a couple of hours visiting it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came upon this Museum in Fairbanks by chance and it certainly was worth a visit, it was wonderful. The number of cars and the condition they were in was fantastic, so well kept and lots of information. We were welcomed at the desk, by a lady who showed us some of the more interesting cars and gave us some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This private collection/museum has many beautifully restored antique collection or cars, wearing apparel and history. I was impressed with the quality of the restorations and that many of them are actually done on site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an unusual collection. It is a combination of antique cars, vintage fancy dresses and hats and large historical photographs. The collection is located at the Fountainhead resort. The entry price is fairly low. Seeing the 1938 Packard is worth the price of admission. There is little Alaskana here. It is referred to as a "world class" museum and... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've been to this museum 3 different times for various functions. I am not a car enthusiast at all. I could almost care less about old cars but this place is really cool. What a phenomenal collection!!!! I was a tour guide in Alaska for 5 years traveling through the Brooks Range. I've lived in Fairbanks for 42 years and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unexpected. Amazing collection. Wife, sons,and daughters all loved it. The collection of time period fashion to match the cars made it easier to step back in time. We spent about 2 hours here. They have w great gift shop, too. They have a nice area to climb into one of the cars and snap some photos. Very well done. Highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such unusual automobiles. I was less than enthusiastic about "another" car museum, but will have to admit to spending 2-3 very entertaining hours there. Had the audio phones that explained some of the autos. The fascinating thing to the women is the fashion history displays which are authentic for the period of the automobile, ranging from 1898 to 1938. Really... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thi splace is AMAZING. I'm not even a car guy, but I still thoroughly enjoy my visits to this museum. It is a must-see when you are in Fairbanks. History, pictures, period-to-date-clothing... its all here a wonderfully done! 10 out of 10 for sure!

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