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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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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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“Must see!”
Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

Awesome cars - such a treasure!
Take College Road - turn on Margaret Ave. - to the Wedgewood Resort - its hidden back there.

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Shelby Township, MI
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you like historic autos, this is the place for you! We spent about 2 hours here and even my 15 and 13 year old boys enjoyed it. Make sure you take the time to watch the short films that continuously play on the screens throughout the museum. They were extremely interesting.

Visited August 2012
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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“Superb collection and exhibit”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Don't miss this gem almost hidden on the back perimeter of the Wedgewood Resort. The autos are in pristine condition and are driven regularly, which doesn't always happen with antique auto museums. (I've been to a few all over the world.) See the first Alaskan auto - the Sheldon. In addition to autos, the owners have added vintage ladies clothing of the period of the vehicles and they are classy and in perfect condition. If you like antique autos, this is the place to visit.

Visited August 2012
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Washington, DC
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“Outstanding - interesting and beautiful”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

What a great museum. It was so interesting and well-done. There were vehicles from the late 1800s through the mid-1930s and there were outfits that matched the time period of the car. I learned a lot and read everything and was finished in 1.5 hours, so that's also nice to be able to complete a museum without it taking up a whole day. Great!

Visited August 2012
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“Unexpected excellence”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

What a great museum! Really well done! Went twice because it was so interesting...you can see the cars being worked on as well ...All but two of the cars actually run.. Also have vintage period clothing to match the time period the cars are from..very interesting

Visited August 2012
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