Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks

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Home to more than 85 antique vehicles, Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum presents the history of Alaska's automobiles prior to World War II. Peruse its sizable collection of motor vehicles, ranging from early convertibles and trucks to motor-powered platforms built before the turn of the 20th century. Don't miss the displays dedicated to specimens of local significance, including the first car ever constructed in Alaska. Join a 90-minute guided tour to find out more about the state's automotive history and engineering challenges. Or, grab an audio set to enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibits. Before you head to Fairbanks, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Fairbanks road trip tool , to make sure you see all that Fairbanks has to offer, including Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.
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  • Definitely go out of your way to get to this museum if you are in Fairbanks-- and definitely do not stay at the Wedgewood Resort (read my review of that for the full scoop) to see it; as you will not ...  more »
  • The cars are immaculately restored and there are lots of them Quite interesting! Along with the cars, there are numerous old dresses from the different time periods as well. Something for both the hus...  more »
  • This is one of the most unique museums in Alaska and I would imagine in the world. For anyone interested in automobile or early Alaska transportation you won't be disappointed. I've made 2 trips there...  more »
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  • This is possibly the best transportation museum I have ever been to, and I am not a car guy at all. There are so many amazing vehicles, some of which you can only see here. There are descriptive panels, photographs and movies. There's even a dress up station where you can wear period clothing and sit in a vintage car! The clothing on display is fantastic and in amazing condition. I think it's definitely worth a visit if you're coming to Fairbanks. (We were just going in for a quick look and we stayed for 2 hours!)
  • I spoke with the Willy Vinton the museum manager and he was very knowledgeable about the cars and spoke to us for over an hour while we were there. The cars were immaculate. Very good restorations and some that were all original. Beautiful museum very glad we went
  • Excellent curation. Historic photos, clothing, and media are perfectly integrated into the story around the automobiles. The cars themselves are impeccable and of great variety.
  • The bar graph from Google say a person typically spends 1.5 hours here. Well if you're a car guy like me that number is ridiculously low. The cars are absolutely incredible. I had the best time wasting a Saturday and working the museum was very nice and knowledgable. If I get the opportunity to back to Fairbanks, this Museum is on the top of my list of places to re-visit.
  • The cars and vintage clothing was amazing! Loved the write-ups about each car. This is a must see. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed (and I'm not a car girl).

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