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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 July 9, 2018

Who would guess one of our country's the finest auto museums is hiding in a shady grove in Fairbanks? Exhibits also feature vintage clothing. Get a tour guide if you can. These volunteers are super folks who live their love of keeping our auto past...More

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

Thanks, Pauline! It's great to hear that you appreciated the museum and we love the "not just dog sleds in the north" title! It's true! Come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've visited many automotive collections but this collection is the most focused. The newest vehicle is a 1936 Packard.The purpose of the collection is to document the history of the automotive industery in the USA. All vehicles and diplays are top rate. The clothing is...More

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

Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review! We really appreciate you sharing part of your trip with us!

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

The cars are in mint condition with excellent descriptions as well as period clothing to admire. Wish we could have spent more time here. The only drawback is that a few more benches spread around the museum would help the weary feet.

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

That's great feedback about the benches! Thank you so much for visiting!

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Reviewed July 8, 2018

Now a robust and healthy 79 with a long love affair with cars who has visited numerous auto museums, this was the best ever! The building's layout and displays are outstanding! They have numerous "one of a kind" and very rare early models from the...More

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

WOW! Thank you for such a stunning review! We are SO happy to hear that you loved the museum so much!

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Reviewed July 8, 2018

We stayed in Fairbanks for 2 nights on a land tour we didn’t have a lot of time to our selves but we made sure we had time to see this wonderful museum. The 2 hours we spent there flew by, from the spotless well...More

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

We're so happy to hear that you made some time to enjoy the museum! Please come back and visit the next time you're in Fairbanks!

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Reviewed July 7, 2018

It is very surprising to see a museum of this quality in such a remote place. The number of cars, their condition, the organization of the exhibit are amazing. The owners put a lot of love, devotion and work into this museum. The atmosphere is...More

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Thank you for leaving a review! It's lovely to hear how much you liked the museum!

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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We loved this museum. Too many old cars to count. Very interactive, audio tours available. Trunks of period clothing by the cars so you can dress the part. Great photo ops. Highly recommend if you like cars.

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

So lovely to hear that you enjoyed the museum! We're guessing that your 1 star rating might have been on accident. :) Please come visit us next time you're in Fairbanks!

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Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

Friends told us about Fountainhead and we were delighted with the experience. Tha facility is easy to find and a bargain at $10.00 per adult. You wander or use the players at the numbered sites to learn more detail. Many vintage fashion displays to fit...More

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

We love hearing about how wonderful our staff is! Thanks for leaving a review and loving the museum!

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Reviewed July 5, 2018

Fun to go with the family. Neat collection. Very interesting. A day well spent at this museum. Cant go wrong!!

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

So glad to hear that you and the family enjoyed the museum!

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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

Unbelievably good museum. Many beautiful cars with excellent descriptions that link them to the development of the automobile and historical events. Beautiful dresses of each era are also displayed. Go check it out!

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

So happy to hear you loved the cars and clothing! Come back and visit us again!

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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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