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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 June 15, 2013

Can't believe this sort of collection exists in Fairbanks. What a treasure. Not only do you see an amazing collection of vehicles, they have an amazing collection of period clothing including accessories that are tastefully displayed in an historically coordinated display with each car. Wow, I'm not a car buff, but I was enthralled with everything there was to see. We initially thought we would spend 1-2 hours and ended up staying 4 and still didn't really take the time to read and absorb what was on display.

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This museum wowwed me by the beautiful old autos and the peroid clothing displays next to the cars. A pleasant time viewing this museaum.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I'm sorry to say that Visiting an antique auto museum was not on my list of things to do while visiting Fairbanks...HOWEVER...I'm so glad that our friends we were traveling with suggested it. What an wonderful surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the museum. The cars were so beautifully restored, and the clothing from the era made the display come alive. I felt like I was transformed to another time. The walking tour device gave each individual the chance to walk at their own pace and hear information about each car.
I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Fairbanks!

3  Thank tldonnally
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

The quality and quantity of antique autos and their display with period artifacts and clothing were far beyond anything we might have expected. This is on a par with the best auto museums in the nation!

3  Thank TerryAndKaren
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Amazing wonderful find tucked in at the rear of the WEdgewood Resort Hotel grounds. A large variety of shiny, well maintained rare and historical cars along with period clothing to complement the cars. Educational, historical and a lot of fun. The dresses are fascinating and mirror the cars - sort of like models standign nearby. Intersting facts bout the cars an clothes are proived by easy to read signs and an audio presentation. The cars are jaw dropping beautiful in many cases.

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