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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 14, 2014

Only pre-WWII cars. Awesome!!!! 1934 Packard, one of 5 in existence. 1989 - 1913 vehicles I never heard of. All perfectly restored and all but 1 still run and are taken out to drive regularly. Holy Moley. Can't believe I've never been there before. First car ever in Alaska - hand made by a guy in Skagway.

1  Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

This museum has an amazing collection of cars, some very rare. For the women not interested in cars there is a collection of vintage clothing (mainly woman's) that go with the same time period. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a world class auto museum. . The cars are totally restored and almost all of them run. There are manikins with period clothing interspersed as well as some movies from old time motoring adventures. Some of the cars are one of a kind in the world. Each car has a placard describing it, and the museum also provids electronic audio tours for free. At certain times there are free guided tours as well.As a bonus for us, In the Alaska section of cars there was one car that you can get in wearing old time clothing and hats from an adjacent closet to take photos. Great fun and next year's Christmas card photo!
If you are in Fairbanks, this is a must see on your list.

Thank Jean L
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

No, you do not think of vintage cars when you think of Alaska. And visiting an antique car museum may not be on your list of things to do when visiting Fairbanks. If not the loss will be yours. Not only is this a supreme collection of concour worthy (some one of a kind) vintage classics, but the walls are adorned with poster side photographs chronicling Alaska motoring history. Absolutely worth a visit.

1  Thank pdsexton
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Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Of all the wonderful and beautiful things you expect to see and experience in Alaska, a car museum is not one of them. Not only is this a vintage car museum, it is a world class facility in its content and presentation.
If this is one of those things that gets your motor running, the Fairbanks Fountainhead Auto Museum needs to be on your list of to do things in the Holden Heart City.
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