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The Walmart Museum

Address: 105 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone Number: +1 479-273-1329
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Bentonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950, he had no idea he'd planted...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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.

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St. Louis
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Loved the "museum" especially since I can remember the time before Walmart was Walmart. Some of us thought it was a little heavy on the propaganda, but I felt that Sam was probably a smart guy who believed in hard work, regardless of what management decisions might have been made subsequently. Loved the little 5 & 10 shop on entering,... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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95 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Walmart Museum is an interactive museum for anyone who wants to venture back in time to discover the history of American entrepreneur, Sam Walton, and American history. We stopped for ice cream and simply walked into the Walmart Museum - no tickets, no lines of people, no worries. With self-guided tours at your own pace, my husband and I... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We loved learning the story of the Walmart brothers. The entrance to the museum which is free, is an old fashioned toy store from bygone eras. As you walk through the museum much is learned from the beginning to where Walmart is today. I was able to print off name tags for our grandchildren with their sku number for their... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

At the end of the self guided tour is an ice cream parlor where for $1 you get and extra large scoop. The gift store actually has interesting things in it you don't see elsewhere. The "museum" is really a history timeline with many artifacts relating to his starting out as a Ben Franklin 5 and 10 cent franchisee. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We were here to check out the crystal art museum but decided we might as well as stop here. Just the history and how it all got started is pretty amazing. Would recommend

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Super Banana Slits - I crave them often now and eat them often! Great environment and what a super job Walmart has done bringing the American dream to life. Again.... this is your ice cream destination!!! They don't skimp with inferior ice cream product.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Personal, because it's more about Sam Walton's history than the corporation he built. It reflects his personality, understated but proud, bragging only about his employees and the team accomplishments. There's just enough corporate history to make you want to know more about each of the decisions that Sam Walton made that changed retail history: the move away from counter service,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The Walmart Museum is in Sam Walton's original Bentonville 5 & 10. The store part has interesting items most similar to those sold during the 50's and 60's (the ones I remember from my childhood). I found the museum very interesting and a good positive history of a sometimes a company that is often demonized. It is worth your time... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was great to see all the stuff, and learn about how the multi million dollar enterprise got started. The Walton family keeps the "average person" personna, and the simple life style that the founder, Sam Walton, set out to maintain. If you are in the area, the "family story" alone is worth the visit

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Springfield, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you want to think good things about commercialism and Walmart/Sam Walton, go to this museum. This is definitely the "best version" of the Walmart history and is stroking the fires of good Public Relations. The museum is free and includes fun details about prices of items at different decades in addition to the history and business philosophy of Walmart... More 

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