Fairbanks Museums

Jul 15, 2023

We went to two museums today in Fairbanks. The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum was one of the best I’ve ever been to, absolutely world class. They had an insane amount of really early automobiles from the late 1800s through the 1930s, all immaculately restored and in running condition.

But what really stood out to me: it’s also a “fashion” museum with original period clothing displayed next to all the cars. And if you are into vintage clothing, the stuff they had was insane—really high-end, custom clothing with intense beadwork and incredible detail. Everything about this museum was really over the top.

I also enjoyed the large part of the museum dedicated to automobiles in Alaska. You can’t even really imagine what it must’ve been like to drive a car up here in the early 1900s, when they didn’t even have roads. The 1926 Fordson snow tractor was mind blowing!

We also went to the Fairbanks Ice Museum, which seemed really cheesy at first, but when we got inside the refrigerated section and walked around, it was really cool (iterally). They also had an ice slide inside. That was pretty darn fun. The end of the ice museum tour features a guy carving in ice, which was pretty great.

A fun day! We play again at the Malemute Saloon tonight in Ester, hopefully it will be as much fun as last night!

See all gazillion photos at the original FB post!