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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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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Not only did it have antique cars over decades, but clothing fashions on mannequins for each appropriate year/decade near the car. The clerk said some of the outfits were more expensive than the cars! It was a wonderful exhibit.

Visited August 2013
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Charlottetown, PEI
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“A must must must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

I am not typically impressed by, nor have interest in antique/classic cars, but I have to say that I enjoyed this museum as much or more than my husband! These cars are beautifully restored and are works of art in their own right. I think the other reviewers have said it all...it is an experience that you don't want to miss if you are in the Fairbanks area. I have never seen anything like it.

Visited September 2013
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Redlands, California
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“costumes for ladies too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Beautifully restored antique cars and period clothing and information - very interesting. Large selection of rare cars and ladies dresses are displayed. Perfect for rainy day.

Visited September 2013
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Wilsall, Montana
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“Best experience we've had in Alaska!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Toward the end of our 2 week vacation, our group of 4 stayed at the Fountainhead resort for a couple of days. As we were getting a little bored, my husband suggested spending a couple of hours at the auto museum. We all rather begrudgingly agreed as it was a beautiful day and I never thought that antique autos were all that interesting. We ended up spending over 6 hours there, and could have spend several more days! Absolutely the best museum we have ever been to - both for autos as well as regional history and vintage clothes. PLEASE.....do yourself a favor and go to this museum! You will NOT be disappointed!!

Visited September 2013
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South Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Ok, we've all been to car museums. I've visited them in other vacation spots, and so have you or you wouldn't be reading this review. Most museums have 4-5 "wow!" cars and then a bunch of filler like 1970's muscle cars.

Well in the Fountainhead museum, ALL the cars are "wow!" cars!! It's truly amazing what the owner has accumulated, and all the way up in Fairbanks to boot! Several of the autos are 'one of X number in existence,' and I recall that one or two are the only ones anywhere. And nearly every car is meticulously restored to factory-showroom-new, it's really amazing.

This is the best car museum I've ever seen.

Visited September 2013
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