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Review of Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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$115.00*
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Fairbanks Winter City Tour
Ranked #1 of 95 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Way better than expected!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

I went in here expecting a typical overpriced tourist attraction. Instead I took a wonderful trip back in time and got to re-live some history. The large building is packed full of cars that have all been wonderfully presented with lighting that shows off their beauty and color. I found myself just stopping and staring (for several minutes) at how beautiful some of these antique cars are. The cars are set up in a time line sort of way, starting at the earliest cars and you work your way "into the future". Along the way, there are many historical photos and descriptions of what life was like on the roads in early Alaska. There are also some videos showing footage of old cars and what life was like during that time period. If all that isn't enough, there are many articles of period (vintage) clothing next to the cars all around the museum. You can see what a driver would've worn back in the teens, 20's and 30's. This is not just a tour for the men.....my wife had an enjoyable time as well. There are also some very very rare cars in there that you will probably not ever see anywhere else. Don't miss out!

Visited September 2012
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“They guys loved it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were staying at the lodge where the museum is located and didn't really have plans to go there, but heard others talking about how good it was. We had time one morning, so decided to go. I must say, I do believe the husbands enjoyed it more than us girls did - but I did find it interesting, especially since they have "period" dresses and clothes that fit the era of the cars.
They also have one car that is set up for photos , and they have dresses, hats, coats, etc. that you can put on and then sit in the car for a picture. There is no charge for that - which I thought was great!! I was surprised to learn that every car in there is still operational.

Visited June 2012
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Denver
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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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Honolulu
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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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North Carolina
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“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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