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“Nice but small” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Walmart Museum

The Walmart Museum
105 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
+1 479-273-1329
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Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Bentonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Bentonville, Arkansas
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“Nice but small”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very nice museum, alot of interesting things to see. It is small though, and you will be in and out in under an hour.

Visited April 2013
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The museum/visitor center and attached soda fountain are located across from the town square at the 5 and 10 where Sam Walton opened his first business. The self-guided tour starts with a ten minute film in a small theater and then it is on to the fascinating exhibits many of which are interactive. You will learn about Walton's concept of "action alley", EDLP (every day low prices), his liberal return policy which allowed bizarre reasons for an item to be returned ("customer is always right"), and his policy of pricing items with a 30 percent markup while the competition was using 50 percent.

One of my favorite exhibits showed prices today compared to 1940 (ex. two pairs of men's wool socks cost $9 today but only $.29 in 1940). The Global Window exhibit showed location of stores today along with the number of stores, revenue, and number of employees each decade.

Save time for a stop at the end for a visit to the Sparks Cafe, a soda fountain that is a real step back in time both in decor and merchandise. As I enjoyed a scoop of ice cream for $1 and some of the best hot chocolate I can recall for $2, the juke box was playing classics like "Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue" as videos of old "I Love Lucy" reruns played.

The museum/visitor center is free and open seven days a week until 9 PM Monday-Thursday and 10 PM on Friday and Saturday.

Visited January 2014
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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“A cool and inexpensive experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

This place is a must stop place for anyone visiting Bentonville. A great reasonable price souvenir shop with a free interesting museum about the world's largest retailer. Topped off with a visit to The Cafe for ice cream or coffee. A favorite for the kids with penny gumballs and a ride for little ones out front for a dime.

Visited February 2014
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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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“Neat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

It was neat to see Walt's life. It made me wonder what he would think of the company now. There was a five and dime store that was small but had many cute things that you don't see everywhere. The café looked neat and retro from the window, but we weren't hungry so we didn't go in.

Visited February 2014
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“Fun & interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Interesting place to visit and see where M. Walton got his beginning. Cute gift shop and interesting museum information there. We all loved the soda shop and the special treats we got there and the prices were absolutely great. Everyone was so friendly.

Visited February 2014
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