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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
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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only need to do this once but it's a great story and very interesting how one man's dream of a 5 and dime became the monster we know now as the Walmart. Makes you wish he was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Overland Park, Kansas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The museum is a timeline of the establishment and growth of Walmart with a substantial focus on Sam Walton. As one might imagine, there is nothing objective about the portrayal of Walmart's history. If you're spending the night in Bentonville, this is worth a visit as it's free and you exit through the ice cream parlor that has a great... More 

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Conway, Arkansas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

only need to do this once but it's a great story and very interesting how one man's dream of a 5 and dime became the monster we know now as the Walmart. Makes you wish he was still around

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This was a great stop for us while traveling through Bentonville. Museum was easy to find and took about 1 hour to go through and read about Sam Walton and the history of how Walmart has grown over the years. Very interesting and worth the stop. The nostalgic store has toys from 30+ years ago that you can purchase as... More 

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Memphis
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. Fun gift shop. Sam Walton was amazing! Be sure to get ice-cream at the end of your visit to the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Brought to mind wonderful memories of mid 20th century life. Great ice cream counter, delightful street side table and view of the Confederate soldier square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It was nice to see the history of the Walmart empire, smaller than I thought but very clean and lots of history. Seeing Sam Waltons office set up the was it was originally was cool.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Sam Walton was a remarkable man with lots of incite. He know how to build a business and help those around him in the process.

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tristate NYC area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Kids will enjoy the gift shop, Sam's old truck, and the ice cream parlor at the end of the bldg. The rest will learn about the rise of the Walmart empire. Sam's office was touching as well as the story of his truck. My husband bought the last pen available made from the original beams of the store as a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Good history of the Walton empire, a little heavy on the self congratulatory aspect but well worth the approximately 1 hour we spent. And free admission is hard to argue with.

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Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A interesting walk thru the history of Walmart. Sam's old office is shown as it once was. The exhibit is more for a mature audience rather than the little ones. You can always purchase them a ice cream cone there from the old fashion ice cream counter within the exhibit and park the kids on a bench out front!

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