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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Unique Display - Totally Unexpected in a Place Like Fairbanks

I would never have expected such a remarkable display of classic automobiles and period clothing in an out of the way place like Fairbanks. Several of the cars had received best... read more

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I would never have expected such a remarkable display of classic automobiles and period clothing in an out of the way place like Fairbanks. Several of the cars had received best in show at venues like Pebble Beach in California and Amelia Island in Florida

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A lot of antique cars. You can see a full line of different cars from past years. They are all in perfect condition.

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Anchor Point, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good collection of very old mint automobiles, many to look Have good historical data and wardrobes also Good stop

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There history of the automobiles was fascinating, but there is even more history about Fairbanks, than just the cars so it's an appealing visit for both ladies and gentlemen. The staff is knowledgeable and enjoy sharing the area's history with visitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is really surprising to find this place in Fairbanks. The docents will guide you with a wealth of knowledge. The clothing goes to the period. You can take all the pictures you want. There is even an automobile you can climb up in and take pics with clothing items.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You will see cars in this museum that you won't see anywhere else! One of a kind antique cars. There are also old clothing displays. It was $10 per person to get in but it was worth it for us. Highly recommend if you are a car lover!

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North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Fairbanks and have taken numerous visiting friends and family to this car museum. They have all been amazed that this is in Alaska let alone in Fairbanks, Alaska. I would recommend checking their website out to get more of a feel for what this museum has to offer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best car museum I have been to. All but 3 car they drive. Staff was happy to tell you everything about the car and anything else there. Very clean and well lighted. I will stop by Everytime I am in town.

Thank Mike F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is a fun place to visit. Very large, lovely, well-thought-out, a real treat. Lots of transportation pieces with era appropriate attire. I loved looking at the hand beading. There is one car, dusters, and hats to take pictures with. A treat. Nice docents, too. Lots of Alaska history, to boot!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Awesome antique cars from early 20th century including history of automobiles that made it to Alaska. The best car show I have ever been too.

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