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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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$115.00*
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Fairbanks Winter City Tour
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$115.00*
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Ranked #1 of 100 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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Reviewed November 24, 2013

As of this review this is the number 1 thing to do in Fairbanks. It's no surprise - this museum would be an awesome addition to any Alaska city, or even a lower 49 hub city. The cars are phenomenal. The video displays, the staff - they make the whole thing come to life.

Stop reading reviews and just go. It's worth an hour or two of your time, regardless of your interest in cars.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

You might not think to visit an auto museum while in Fairbanks. But multiple people said it was a 'must see.' It is a beautiful collection of early 1900 autos with restored clothing from that time period next to each auto. The clothing and photos help to tell the story of the auto. So even if you aren't into cars, it's very interesting and an afternoon well spent. It's only open one day so check the schedule.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

To be honest, the term "Auto Museum" would normally have me running the other way. But the Fountainhead collection is larger than most (with 70 beautifully restored cars--and I mean BEAUTIFUL), and is paired with gorgeous fashions and photographs of the era to help you put them all in historical context. The signage was readable and informative, and full of stories to help you remember these unique cars. Neither of us are car enthusiasts, and we LOVED it. We even bought a book!

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We were with a convention that was touring Fairbanks and one of the locations on the tour was Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. I was impressed with the number and variety of cars at this museum. They are all shiny and look like they are new. There were some period clothes and they said anyone who wanted to put on these clothes to have their picture taken could do so. I decided not to do that, but I had a great time anyway.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

A friend and I went to this place on a Sunday afternoon. I expected it to be just another car museum with cars that I hear or see about everyday. The newest car in the place is a 1936 Packard. Pre-1950 cars were never really my interest but after seeing this museum I realized that much of the functions and technology we have today were used before 1930. It was something to see an early 1900's fully electric car or a 1921 Heine-Velox that cost $25k new. Even if you are not into cars this still packs in quite a bit of history. They even have a section of cars that first came to Alaska.

Thank kickinchickin
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