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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

212 Wedgewood Dr, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701-1728
+1 907-450-2100
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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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212 Wedgewood Dr, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701-1728
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After a long cruise and land excursions, we spent our last Alaska day in Fairbanks, with a short walk to the Fountainhead Auto Museum. Both autos and period fashion clothing, shoes and jewelry were displayed in the order of their decade. It was an educational...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow! What a great representation of automotive history. The way the cars are displayed and so well maintained almost transports you back in time. Definitely will recommend to all my friends and family!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was very well laid out, with the vintage cars and corresponding vintage clothing. I found myself photographing both the cars and the clothing, some very striking pieces in this collection. Would recommend to anyone to check this out.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Along with the most extensive collection of antique autos to be found anywhere, the museum has a charming collection of period dress.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent piece of history. If you are in the Fairbanks area you really need to check this out. This is 1 % of the history and beauty you will see in this museum. We spent 2 hours and could have done longer.

Thank Carla F
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My guys loved the cars but I was surprised to find how interesting the vintage clothing was as well. Very happy we went there!

Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Its mind boggling to see the collection of cars... Its a must, if you are in fairbanks.. The host are great,, give a nice overview... a must for car lovers..

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We live in Fairbanks and visit the auto museum every year. The exhibits change, but are always organized by date or style making it easy to wander around. The cars are paired with manikins dressed in vintage clothing. Large photos decorate the walls showing some...More

Thank joannefbks
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We love it when locals come in! Thanks for the great review and we hope to see you again before the year is out!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I planned to go biking while the other 5 in our party went to Fountainhead as I am not an antique car enthusiast. The weather was bad, so I went along thinking I would suffer through. I was wrong. It was very interesting, educational, &...More

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

How great to hear that you loved it anyway! Thanks for giving us a chance and for the wonderful review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this place is amazing! only 10$ per person, but its worth so much more! with a little walking and a city bus ride we showed up an hour before they opened we where so excited. the clothes that accompany the many working antique vehicles are...More

Thank Tanya H
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks, Tanya! It's great to hear that the trek was worth it!

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There is no guarantee to see the northern lights. It’s an atmospheric phenomenon and predicting it is not easy. It’s best to see in the winter when it’s dark clear and cold, in the summer it’s daylight 24/7 and in the 80s... More
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There is public transportation but we opted to walk. It was a couple of miles, but an easy walk.
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