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“Great surprise” 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 Attractions in Bentonville
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.
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“Great surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stopped in here last minute on a Sunday. We all loved it. Had ages ranging from 72 to 4. There was something for everyone. Very interesting to learn about Sam Walton. Highly suggest stopping by. Tells the story of Walmart, stock, Sam Walton, has his office, truck, locations of Walmarts around the world, fun shop with retro toys at the start. At the end is a retro soda shop. Kids loved getting ice cream. Even had small kids booths just for them. We all loved the museum and soda shop. Very happy we stopped by.

Visited March 2014
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“A five-and-dime where Walmart started”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Won't take long, but a nostalgic look at what 5-&-10-cent stores (Woolworth where I grew up, Ben Franklin in Arkansas) and at the place where Sam Walton learned retailing before founding Walmart. An admiring little museum, but worth a stop.

Visited March 2014
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“Mr SAM would be proud...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you wantt to see where the #1 retailer in the world got their start then take time to visit the simple beginnings of WalMart Stores Inc. at their 5 & 10 store on the quaint little square in Bentonville,Ar.

Visited February 2014
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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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