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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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Carol Stream, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

The last night of our 14 day Alaskan trip was spent at the Wedgewood resort. The museum is on the property and guest get discounted admission. It was pouring rain so the outdoor activities we planned were out, so we decided to check this place out.. We were amazed that in Fairbanks Alaska was a world class spot like this. They not only have an amazing collection of cars, bikes and motorcycles, but they have the fashion of the era displayed in each area. The ladies thought a car museum would be boring, but they really enjoyed it because of the fashions. This place must be well known, we met people who had driven up from Iowa just to see the car collection.

Visited June 2014
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“an unexpected delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Spent a fascinating one and a half hours here - could easily have stayed longer.
A great variety of rare vintage cars, very well displayed and with a very helpful and knowledgeable attendant.
About a $12 cab ride from downtown.

Visited June 2014
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“Great museum ;)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Amazing afternoon here---really enjoyed the period dresses... And photos of early 1900s

Well designed museum- gorgeous display
Cars and history of Alaska transportation was interesting..
Photo booth with old car and props too
Highly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

The title says it all. This is, hands down, one of the best antique auto museums I have ever been to. I would never have expected this gem to be in Fairbanks, AK. There is over 100 domestic vehicles dating back to before 1900 and all but three are in running condition! The great part of this museum is while I was able to drool over the cars, they have dresses, clothing, and pictures from the various years to entertain women who are not so interested in cars.

Visited May 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I can't find any fault except I wish I would have had more time to look at the the other items they had on display besides the cars. I could just picture myself behind the wheel of a Stutz, duster and goggles on, and going out for a spin. I am not a car nut but you can't help but be dazzled by the cars on display. Well worth the trip.

Visited June 2014
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