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“A Hidden Gem”

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We went the the new visitors center in Fairbanks and the women there recommended the museum. We really enjoyed it and dressed up andhad our picture taken in the one car you can touch.

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Reviewed June 28, 2011

I know that many people who come up to Alaska, are expecting things done the way they are in the rest of the country, and really dont enjoy our quirkiness. This auto museum is not the least bit quirky, and full of Alaskan history along with the autos. There are film kiosks showing old films of auto travel back in the black and white film era of Alaska. Pictures that are blown up with good explanations, never once did I think, "ok well that was a odd picture to include here...."

Not a speck of dust mars the mirror finish on these working cars. Each summer a few of them are taken out and are driven around Fairbanks. The signage on each car contains a wealth of information, such as cost when new, weight of the car, top speed, how many mpg, and many other interesting tidbits.

And for anyone traveling with mobility issues, the museum is on one floor, no stairs. The cars are widely spaced enough for wheelchair viewing.

Go, you wont be disappointed.

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Reviewed June 27, 2011

The courtious lady at the reception counter asked what I liked best about the museum as I was preparing to leave. I thought for a moment and could not think of one individual thing to single out. The experience as a whole was very satisfying. The museum was so well laid out. The openness and the flow of the walk ways coursing through the antique vehicles made you feel you would not miss a thing. The carefully placed short old movies with chairs for confortable viewing were appropriate for the cars in their vicinty. More than once I saw a vehicle in a movie that closely resembled one close by me in the museum. And what can I say about the beautiful and varied vintage clothing? Some costumes were displayed on mannequins amongst the vehicles and other more delicate, many beaded, were incased in glass. The docents were very knowledgeable and ever ready to share their wealth of information. Overall the museum was a pleasure to visit and I enjoyed myself very much.

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Reviewed June 24, 2011

I live in Alaska and am used to Alaska's version of museums, which generally aren't great. Fountainhead, however, is awesome! It is first class. When I hear auto museum I don't really have my interests perked, but this museum can even be interesting to someone who doesn't have a huge understanding or interest in cars. The fashion bit of the museum can pull you in as well...the clothing is amazingly well crafted! Best museum I have been to in Alaska!

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Reviewed February 12, 2011

We are from Australia, and members of the Vintage Car Club, and had a really good time at this museum. Cars are in excellant condition, and staff are very friendly and knowledgable. Took about 2-3hours to go around the whole thing, but you could easily spend more time there. Also there is a dress up section, where you can take photo's with a car.

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