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The Walmart Museum

105 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
+1 479-273-1329
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Bentonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950, he had no idea he'd planted the seeds for what would become the global leader... more » Owner description: When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950, he had no idea he'd planted the seeds for what would become the global leader in retail, saving millions of people money so they could live better. Today, that humble little dime store is the location of The Walmart Museum. A family-friendly experience in 3 parts, the Museum features a world-class exhibit gallery, Walton's 5&10, and The Spark Cafe. Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.M. - 9:00 P.M. Friday - Saturday: 8:00a.M. - 10:00P.M. Sunday: 12:00 p.M. - 9:00 P.M. « less
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This museum was interesting if you are into how Walmart came to be and it's history. Also they had a great 1950s soda shop (very low prices) which was great fun and a little shop with all sorts of retro toys, etc. Very nostalgic!

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Annapolis, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

You can't deny that he started from nothing and built the works largest retailer. But a little candor about Walmart's low wage, no benefit jobs, history of sex discrimination, and all the manufacturing jobs it helped outsource to Asia would have been refreshing.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Let me start this review by saying that I am not an avid fan of corporate museums, but with out of the way, let me get started. The Walmart Museum is tucked inside the Walton 5 and 10 (dime) store front. The store front is a great throw back to the 50's and 60's with great gift items and some... More

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you think about the Walmart culture, you won't be surprised or disappointed with this small, simple, museum. The staff is excellent and the Spark Cafe is a great place to get some pie and ice cream. The best part of the museum for me is Sam's office and his old Ford pickup. The short film at the entrance of... More

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I decided to tour this museum after seeing Crystal Bridges the day before. It is located on the picturesque town square of Bentonville, next to one of Sam Walton's original stores (pre-Walmart). The museum is very well done and very interesting, even for a Walmart hater - which I am not- and reveals the roots of the company, the many... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum in the center of the Bentonville Square provided all of the history of the founder of WalMart. It was very informative and worthwhile. WalMart sometimes gets a bad rap; however, Sam Walton's intentions were genuine. This was a very interesting exhibition which a person could walk through at his own pace. There is a very cute ice cream... More

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I'm not a lover of Walmart, but I do respect how someone can start a small business alone and make it into something successful and useful. I was interested in seeing the replica of the original small store (which was charming) and ended up staying and reading all the signs and exhibits about how the store grew into the giant... More

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Las Vegas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Great history of Sam Walton's creation and growth of the Walmart empire. Lots of memorabilia and a great soda fountain.

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This town is a gem. Be prepared to travel back in time as the kind of central town square isn't available in too many states in the Union. Sam Walton cared about his people and helped to provide the American public a better standard of living through his Walmart Stores. There are detractors of course, but at least in Bentonville,... More

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Lexington, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It was an enjoyable hour at the Walmart Museum. Visiting Walton’s 5&10 is to go back in time. Sam Walton’s history is presented in a storefront setting. This store has the original floor tiles and original tin ceiling. There are goodies to purchase, too: candy, toys and books from the recreations from the past.

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