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“Amazing Museum where you wouldn't expect it”

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
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US$115.00*
and up
Fairbanks City Highlight Tour
Ranked #1 of 100 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This museum would be great wherever it was located, and is an amazing find in Fairbanks (which we found to have relatively few indoor attractions). The museum presents the early history of the automobile industry in America through its exhibits of many, many cars, most of which were made by companies and used technologies I had never heard of. My wife loved the vintage clothing that accompanied the cars. There is a lot to see here. I was worn out before I saw everything.

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

Thanks, John! We love hearing that both you and your wife found something to enjoy!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This museum is full of cars and clothing and short videos. Helpful staff, comfortable places to sit to watch the videos or just to take a quick (or long) break in between displays. Well organized, with cars and clothing of the same time period displayed together, with videos interspersed so you can sit down and watch for a break in between reading displays.

The cars are often unique, sometimes the only one of a certain model, and the stories behind them are fascinating. I’m not a fan of old cars, but I was interested in this museum. A great deal for the $10
per person we paid to enter.

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

So glad that you enjoyed the museum, Stephanie!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This was a wonderful antique car museum! We enjoyed every minute of it and the cars were beautifully restored. I would recommend anybody when they go to Fairbanks Alaska to stop by this Museum. Well worth the time!

Thank Chief21
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thanks for your review! We are so happy to hear that you loved the museum and thanks for telling your friends!

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I wish we hadn't been so rushed when we visited this place as the last stop on our John Hall's Alaska tour (we had a plane to catch), but we loved our quick visit. The cars are in pristine condition and it's a very impressive, large collection of cars and period costumes. I highly recommend this museum when you're in the area. The docents can share lots of information about the cars and there is also an audio tour available.

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

Thanks for stopping by even for a quick tour! You'll have to come back!

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

This was one of our first stops while visiting Fairbanks. Very interesting place ( if you are into classic vehicles) super nice folks that run it. After visiting the museum we went for a hike on the trails behind the building. It is absolutely beautiful! If you visit this museum go for a hike afterwards.

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to visit and for checking out the trails as well!

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