You don’t have to be a gearhead to go the auto museum.
From flashy cars to fashion statements and film reel, the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum is a trove of historic collections.
The museum is home to 95 pre-World War II vehicles, including some “sole survivors,” some of the last cars of their kind left on the planet. The museum also houses a collection of vintage clothing, displayed and posed around the cars to give off an aura of the eras.
The clothing is the largest collection of vintage fashion in the Pacific Northwest, with thousands of curated pieces cycling through the exhibits. New this year are five pieces from the House of Worth, largely credited for its work with haute couture.
Alaskana exhibits show some of the first cars to come to Alaska while footage from the Alaska Film Archives plays alongside to transport people back to the early days before statehood.
One attraction popular for pictures is the Sourdough Roadhouse Exhibit—a replica of the Sourdough Roadhouse on the trail from Valdez to Fairbanks—alongside an interactive car where people can climb in wearing dusters and hats and get their pictures taken.
Giant windows give guests a look at restorations in progress at the garage.
Museum docents are part volunteer, part car enthusiast. Often the person giving a tour will have worked on some of the cars and be able to give intimate details of the restoration process, from gears to varnish.
Visitors can book one- or two-hour docent tours by calling and reserving time slots in advance. This is advised for large groups who want to visit the museum. Audio tours in various languages are available, as are educational handouts for guests.
You may also catch sight of a speedster cruising down the road. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum is a living museum; the cars run, and from carriages to 1930s classics, the staff will take them out for a spin while the roads are clear.
IF YOU GO
What: Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
When: Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: 212 Wedgewood Drive
Cost: Ages 13 and above, $10; Ages 6 to 12, $5; 5 and under, free; Adult season pass, $40; family season pass, $60.
More info: 907-450-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org