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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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Address: 212 Wedgewood Drive, Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701
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+1 907-450-2100
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of...

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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Our hobby is old cars. We spend many weeks each year attending car shows, traveling to museums and exhibits all around the country. The Fountainhead blew our minds. Located in an... read more

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Our hobby is old cars. We spend many weeks each year attending car shows, traveling to museums and exhibits all around the country. The Fountainhead blew our minds. Located in an industrial park in Fairbanks, the collection is housed in a non-descript steel building. We had our doubts, but FeisKing and the FeisPrincesses forged ahead anyway. As soon as we... More 

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It's a nondescript little building but inside there are treasures galore. More than 40 cars from the 1800s and early 1900s. Fascinating stories behind them all. And many are as close to one of a kind as you'll find. Admission is 10 bucks but well worth it - the cars are in sparkling condition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A must see if you are visiting Fairbanks and if you live there and haven't been you need to go. One of the premier collections of automobiles in the states.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were privileged to stay for couple of weeks at the Wedgewood resort in Fairbanks. The weather was a bit on the chilly side....mostly -40 degrees or so most of our stay. Our lodging was just like being with the comforts of home -nice and cozy. Our 'home' away from home came with dishes etc so that we could prepare... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The collection of automobiles is very impressive. Very well done with the vehicles and the period dress. One of our favorite places to visit in Fairbanks.

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Stunning restorations of many of the oldest autos in Alaska. Well documented vehicles shown off with period costumes.

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Don't let the building size fool you. The displays inside are amazing! Well thought out, marvelously curated and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. And I'm not a car buff! Still loved it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to be a car buff to enjoy this museum. Displays of costume, video clips, wall posters, and the cars all make it a fun history day. I would recommend at least 2 hours. All handicap accessible, and volunteers are friendly and offer great information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought my dad here, I think he thought he died and went to car heaven!! There is an unreal amount of old cars and period clothing here!! Could have spent days wondering around and looking at old cars, motorcycle displays period clothing with amazing craftsmanship! If you have a car buff in your family this is the place to be... More 

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If you have visitors to our fair city, you'll want to take them here. It's quite the history stroll.

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