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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
+1 907-450-2100
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Reviewed yesterday

Many cars, all pre-1936 in concours working condition. Interestingly displayed with costumes and artifacts - and history notes of the time. Even my wife liked it!

Thank TravelOgg
Reviewed 2 days ago

I never get tired of taking visitors to this museum. They continually update and change the exhibits and do a remarkable job. Plan to spend plenty of time here because there is a lot to see. People of all ages love it. I've taken my...More

Thank Dana E
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've never been much into cars, past or present, but our visit here was spectacular. The history of the auto is so well laid out on display, complete with details of each car, or part, photographs of these vehicles in their day in Alaska, period...More

Thank LyCo_2011
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed visiting Fairbanks overall, but this was the absolute highlight. The cars were in amazing condition and beautifully displayed and the period costumes - what a surprize and delight. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here and would recommend it to anyone, whether a serious car...More

Thank NMK2015
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am not a car fanatic but we had heard this place was fantastic so we went. The cars were amazing. They also added history with mannequins dressed in the appropriate era. History and pulling you back in time was a fun few hours from...More

Thank CAtravelerCA
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great museum to visit! The cars and clothes are beautiful. It really draws you back to a different time. I couldn't help but compare the cars of yesterday to the cars of today. It was interesting to find that some of we...More

Thank Connie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum! I thought it'd take us a couple hours, but we ended up being there for 4&1/2 hours. The cars are gorgeously restored and they have even more precious things like the preserved cars in good working conduction. The dresses...More

Thank kicsinike
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to believe something this nice would be found in Fairbanks. The cars and clothes are some of the best I've ever seen. All pre-WW2 cars with period clothing for each car (mostly women's). Something for everyone.

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This auto museum was a surprise to me in that I hadn't expected to enjoy it so much! One of the couples in our group had suggested going and we agreed to go along and I'm so glad we did. They have excellent displays of...More

Thank TxTravels_9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The collection of American Autos along with a few American all terrain vehicles and tractors is simply fabulous. A period dress accompanies many of the autos! Knowledgeable volunteers walk around answering questions and they even have several period male and female dress ensembles for you...More

Thank Lori E
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10 July 2016|
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Response from Tphil5544 | Reviewed this property |
There is public transportation but we opted to walk. It was a couple of miles, but an easy walk.