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“Gem of an Auto Museum in Alaska”

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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“Gem of an Auto Museum in Alaska”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2010

This museum is really cool! They have a large number of beautifully restored cars. Several are very rare and all are in very good shape. Lots of anecdotes and stories around the cars. They even have a gasoline/electric car (today they might call it a hybrid although it does not store energy).

The staff is very friendly and they have gowns and quilts for the ladies.

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San Jose, California
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“I thought that this was something that only my husband would enjoy.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2010

It was a wonderful walk through history. The cars are beautiful and they also have "period clothing" displayed next to many of the cars. The museum has many monitors set up in various places with old film news reals running to watch. I totally enjoyed that. They also have one car that we were allowed climb into and take a picture. They made available "period clothing" and hats for us to put on over our clothes for the picture. Their is no charge for this and we got some great pictures. It was really fun.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Must See.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2010

This is a must see for any generation. I'm not sure how many cars they have in there, but they are very impressive. The building is gorgeous, the lady that works at the front desk is very knowledgeable. There are cars in there that are literally one of a kind.

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Vancouver, Washington
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“Way cool!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

This auto museum was amazing. The cars were spectacular and then to add to the experience they had tidbits on every single car. A lot of the tidbits revolved around the history of the car and the history of how the car ended up in Alaska. There were also "fun facts" in relation to most every car. There is also time period clothing on display. It was so much more than just a car museum. I really felt like I was a part of history!

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Cantwell, Alaska
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“Wonderful workmanship”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2010

This is one of the best auto museums we have seen in a while. All the cars and the museum itself are very clean and well kept. I would like to see more advertisement on the College road for this attraction.

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