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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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Address: 212 Wedgewood Dr, 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
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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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Fountainhead Car museum

We had a great time. This is a must see!!!! We heard about this place from another couple at the Aurora Express B&B. It will take you several hours to go through this museum. The... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a great time. This is a must see!!!! We heard about this place from another couple at the Aurora Express B&B. It will take you several hours to go through this museum. The cars are fantastic & they even have clothing from all the different periods.

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West Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hard to believe this is tucked away in Fairbanks. The best auto museum we have ever seen! All cars run (except may 3) and are taken out on drives. They work on antique cars there as well and are very happy to talk to you about it all.

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West Lothian, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Recommended by a local resident during a chance encounter, this was not something I expected to see in Fairbanks while visiting briefly from the UK. Beautifully presented vehicles and related items including period clothing and photographs create an attraction for all ages, with friendly staff. Don't miss it if you're in town.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the Fountainhead antique auto museum was fun...what a delight. Will go back again... the vintage clothing was awesome!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A nice surprise and very well care for little museum. The perfect museum for car and fashion lovers.

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Southeastern IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some really great cars to see here. I've visited several auto museums in LA and this ranks right up there with them. If you have any interest in autos at all, take the time to visit here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent selection of unique and innovative antique automobiles. Vintage clothing also displayed with vehicles to give a feel for the era. Very nice museum!

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Groveland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Antique Auto Museum was on our list of "hope to do's" while in Fairbanks. We saved it for our final day in the city, with limited time for our visit. What a mistake! My husband and I are quite thorough when we visit museums; we read practically every bit of information. We were there for three hours and did... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most amazing auto museum of cars and fashion. We caught a taxi from the Princess hotel, stayed 2 hours and loved it. No food available though. Cars are in mint condition and I am a girl!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walking through the Museum front door the sites and sounds take one back to the days when automobiles each had a story - from designer to owner. It was inspiring for anyone who values old cars, history, engineering evolution, American ingenuity and some beautiful classic clothing!

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