Overlooks the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks within steps of museums, the Fairbanks Visitor Center, great restaurants, and many shops!
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum “Absolutely the best museum we have ever been to – both for autos as well as regional history and vintage clothes. Do yourself a favor and go to this museum! You will not be disappointed!!” TripAdvisor review.
This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska motoring history. There are also over 150 historic costumes exhibited alongside these automotive works of art. This nationally acclaimed auto museum has earned top ratings from TripAdvisor, MSNBC.com, and Lonely Planet.
The museum’s automobile collection features over 88 American-made vehicles, including beautifully restored horseless carriages, nickel touring cars, rakish speedster, elegant classics, and 1930s midget race cars. From rare marquees like Compound and Argonne to well-known names like Packard and Stutz, visitors will be thrilled 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 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 autos survived and several are exhibited in the Alaska Gallery. These include the Territory’s 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.
Other museum attractions include on-going projects in the automotive shop, a bicycle exhibit and gift shop. Self-guided tours with handsets, group and docent guided tours. On-site dining and lodging available at Wedgewood Resort and Bear Lodge.
For more information call 907-450-2100.
Located at 212 Wedgewood Drive, Fairbanks AK 99701.