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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. Our Fairbanks vacation builder makes visiting Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and other Fairbanks attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I never get tired of taking visitors to this museum. They continually update and change the exhibits and do a remarkable job. Plan to spend plenty of time here because there is a lot to see. People of...  more »
  • I've never been much into cars, past or present, but our visit here was spectacular. The history of the auto is so well laid out on display, complete with details of each car, or part, photographs of ...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting Fairbanks overall, but this was the absolute highlight. The cars were in amazing condition and beautifully displayed and the period costumes - what a surprize and delight. We thoro...  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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