Fairbanks is the home of one of the most intriguing museums of classic treads and vintage threads in the United States, if not the world.
With nearly 100 classic cars and one of the largest collections of vintage clothing in the country, the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum has something special for everyone.
You will discover the rich, vibrant and immersive celebration of one’s love of the road and the magnificent machines that provided transportation in a bygone era. With a world-class collection of vintage automobiles and period fashions complemented by fascinating exhibits, accessories, photographs and archival videos, the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum takes the visitor on a vivid journey through the automotive age, from Victorian times to the Art Deco era.
There are 65 to 75 stunningly lighted rare automobiles on display at all times. The expansive collection encompasses horseless carriages, steamers, electric cars, speedsters, cyclecars, midget racers and 30s classic.
The range of the collection goes from an 1898 Hay Motor Vehicle up to a 1936 Packard 1408 series dual windshield Phaeton. Some of the other beauties in the collection include a 1906 Compound, a 1920 Argonne and a 1921 Heine-Velox Victoria.
Two new additions to the collection this year are a 1927 Lincoln and a 1906 Waltham Orient Buckboard. Several others are being restored in the garage area, which can be viewed from the main museum.
All but three of the cars are in running condition and are often seen being driven around the grounds at Wedgewood Resort, where the museum is located, during the summer months.
Along with many of the roadside masterpieces are beautifully preserved men’s and women’s outfits from that auto’s era. There’s clothing from the mid-18th century to the 20th century. There’s silk bustle dresses and motoring dusters to shimmering flapper shifts and dapper tuxedos. Antique accessories, including historic hats, shoes and jewelry complete the elegant displays.
It’s a combination you just don’t want to miss.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum will have limited hours this summer. It will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.
All visitors should practice social distancing with museum staff at all times. All visitors and staff should wear protective face coverings, and visitors should postpone their visit and stay home if they are feeling ill.