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The Walmart Museum

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Address: 105 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone Number: +1 479-273-1329
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Description: When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950, he...
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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Walmart History

A trip back in time with the store front, old candy and games. Then you enter an exhibit that takes you through the time line of Walmart. It is interactive and has artifacts from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Sulphur, Louisiana
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Sulphur, Louisiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A trip back in time with the store front, old candy and games. Then you enter an exhibit that takes you through the time line of Walmart. It is interactive and has artifacts from Sam Walton and his family. Worth seeing the history and growth of one of the premier self made businesses of the United States.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Full of Walton/ Walmart history and fun things too, like Sam Walton's office rebuilt to look as it did on the day he retired and customer returned items and the reason for the return (one being an outdoor thermometer returned because it didn't tell the correct time). It's a must see for anyone visiting Bentonville, especially if you are there... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Lots of reminders forms the 50's and 60's the history of a retail giant. On the town square complete with toys from my childhood and an ice cream parlor too

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California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This museum, at the original store of Sam Walton in Bentonville, is a great small museum that explains the history and philosophy of Sam Walton. We also enjoyed the old fashioned ice cream parlor that is attached to the museum.

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Toronto
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We all know Walmart, but we may not know the Sam Walton story. This museum is in many ways a tribute to the man and his life, so don't expect any critical assessments. But you will walk away with a greater understanding of what he was trying to accomplish and how his personality fueled Walmart's growth and success. There are... More 

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St Joseph
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We all shop at Wal-mart at some point in our lives. Here you learn where it all started on a few red and green tiles in a dime store franchise. A lot of biographical information, and early Wal-mart memorabilia. Sam Walton's office is the part I liked the best. Nice ice cream shop as you leave museum. Staff friendly and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Free museum in downtown Bentonville dedicated to the history of Sam Walton and Walmart. Exhibits are nicely put together. If you're in town and want a quick, easy activity, I recommend taking this tour, and then check out the gift shop and eat ice cream!

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Florissant, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

no admission charge. The gift shop is very nifty -- lots of old time stuff, which is a trip down memory lane for some of us :) An interesting look at the beginnings of Wal-Mart and the vision of Sam Walton. Have some "spark" ice cream at the soda fountain -- they have a very small cone for just 50... More 

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Memphis
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This museum has an interesting presentation of Sam Walton and the Walmart history. It takes about an hour to peruse the displays and a bit longer if you watch the videos. It is a well done testament to the man who conceived Walmart. Plus, it's free.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We're in the city for only a day, visited this small museum. It was nice to know the history and progress of Walmart from just one store. Get the icecream at the end of exhibit, only 99cents per scoop and stroll around the fountain and flowers outside.

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