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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 yesterday via mobile

This museum was a nice surprise. I expected to see some Lamborghinis and Ferrari’s, but it was all older cars, probably nothing newer than 1946 if I can recall. The cars are also in mint condition for the most part and most of them still...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This museum is fantastic! Hard to believe that someone this far north has been able to assemble a unique and pristine collection of pre WWII vehicles. The docents are part of the local vintage car club and know everything and some interesting stories about the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a must-see for anyone visiting Fairbanks, and for people living in Fairbanks! What a find! My 11-year old grandson was thrilled when he saw that we were headed to the Museum because his 8-year old sister had been with her school. Amazing autos...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’ve been to many auto museums and car shows but I have never seen so many pristine and priceless cars in one place...and all but 3 can be driven. Admission is only $10. Plus they have a huge collection of ladies apparel dating from 1900...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum was walking distance from my hotel. It only costs $10 to get inside, and was well worth it. The newest car they have is from 1939. There is much to see!

Thank Debbie W
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This museum contains some of the most elegant and well restored vintage automobiles I have ever seen. Most cars are pre 1940 so we’ll before my time. I don’t think I could ever learn to operate them as they don’t have a button to push...More

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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

They're not quite as complicated to run as you might think! Glad you enjoyed the museum!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Do make time to see this amazing car and clothing collection when you are in Fairbanks. What a terrific bargain and beautiful place. Loved it.

Thank Beverly L
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you, Beverly! We hope to see you back at the museum again soon!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Serendipity. "A truly unexpected pleasure" this museum has some of the most rare autos in the world.

Thank Bud W
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks, Bud! How Serendipitous that you loved the museum!

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Reviewed 6 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

Thank Margot S S
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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks, Margot! We hope you love your flapper hat!

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Reviewed 1 week 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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Lauren C, Social Media Manager at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks, Patrice! Please come back and see us soon!

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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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