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“Auto Museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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Fairbanks Winter City Tour
Ranked #1 of 95 things to do in Fairbanks
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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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“Auto Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Extremely well done and maintained. Learned a lot about automobiles and also styles of clothing at the same time. Well worth the price, or free if you stay at certain Fountainhead Resorts.

Visited September 2012
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“Greatest collection of antique cars anywhere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Unbelievable collection of antique autos (and they are all in running condition). How all these cars ended up in Fairbanks is amazing! The museum is outside of downtown but well worth looking for. The staff are extremely friendly. We were there a bit early but a woman let us in and said we could pay on the way out. We met the mechanic, Willy, who was taking out a model T for a spin and was happy to share his knowledge of the cars with us. They have one auto that you can sit in and take pictures dressed up in period clothing (there is no cost for this). Just outside the museum is a nature trail that will take you to the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and Wander Lake. If you're in Fairbanks do not miss this!

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Museum!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

Date of Visit: August 2012

Originally, we hadn't planned to visit this museum but a rainy day "washed out" our plans so we decided to check out the Auto Museum. We were definitely glad we did. Wow!! What a fabulous collection of autos and memorabilia.

If you appreciate antique and classic auto collections, this is a "Must See".

Visited August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

Don't Miss this great museum
Outstanding car collection and fashion collection displayed so well
Lots to do in the immediate area including walks and bird watching.

Visited September 2012
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Southport, North Carolina, United States
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“Top shelf auto & period USA displays.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

Absolutely great. Superb collection well done and very interesting. We have been to many car museums and restored a car to gold level concours condition and this place blew our socks off!

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