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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 13 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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Cannon Beach, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The old store was turned into a personal history of Walmart. As with any corporate history the emphasis is on the positives of growth, without mentioning the effects on communities. All in all it was very good. Take the time to see it.

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

If you are at all interested in the history of the worlds largest business you have to visit here. Lots of information on the history of WalMart and Sam Walton. The downtown square, where this is located, also has a number of great restaurants and shops. If you are in Bentonville, put this on your to-do list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Very informative museum. Loved the 1979 pick up truck and all the pictures. It is downtown, but try not to go on a Sunday, everything closes early or is not open.

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Kimberling City, Missouri
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I have visited this facility in the past, but always enjoy coming back. There is no cost, and it is right down town Bentonville. There are items to purchase in the old store, and ice cream shop as you leave. Lots of history, and great items to see.

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North Truro, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and free walk through the life of the entrepreneur Sam Walton and the rise of Walmart. Fascinating piece of American history and a bit campy but worth a stop if in Bentonville -- ice cream is yummy.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The museum starts with the "gift" shop,(brilliant marketing!), full of 5&10 items (at today's prices) and tourist tchotchkes and ends in an ice cream parlor (brilliant marketing!). Between is the rise of the also brilliant and self described humble Sam Walton who is the poster boy for the America Dream. He started at JC Penney's, bought a five and dime... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Visited the Walton's Store in Bentonville which was the early beginnings of what we now know as Wal-Mart. The history of Sam Walton is interesting and the museum was well laid out.

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MIchigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Everything you might ever want to know about Walmart and its founder. Fun to see his old truck, his replicated office, his wife's wedding dress and much more. There's artifacts and historical info about how much money the company has made over the year etc.

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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Well done. Excellent PR for Wal-Mart. Very informative especially regarding the early history of the company.

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Saint Jacob, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

While I am not a museum fan, this is a must see. It is very interesting and a great place to visit. There is so much history. Great place.

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