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“A very tasty visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dr Pepper Museum

Dr Pepper Museum
Ranked #11 of 63 things to do in Waco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A museum dedicated to the nation's oldest major soft drink - Dr Pepper! We offer three floors of exhibits featuring information about many different soft drinks, as well as a carefully curated selection of our massive soft drink memorabilia collection. Exhibits change regularly! You can visit our soda fountain and gift shop any time without paying admission. Photo ops outside the Museum include a Dr Pepper Green 1940s delivery truck, one of three original neon signs from the Mockingbird Plant in Dallas, and a hand-painted advertising sign original to the site. Of course the front of the Museum building itself is visitors' favorite photo location. We are a two block walk from Magnolia Market and the famous silos, and about half a mile from the newest restaurants including Torchy's Tacos and In-N-Out Burger.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A very tasty visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Me and my friend went into the museum as big fans of Dr. Pepper. We went to the gift shop first. The cashier was in there trying to explain the fountain drink shop was closed for cleaning. Customers were getting mad, saying that it shouldn't have been closed. I talked to the cashier and she kept apologizing to me. I told her not to worry because I understood what was going on. She said that other people were cursing at her because of the fountain shop being closed. She did remain professional throughout. The tour was great and showed examples of fountain drinks over the years. Two floors are dedicated to that. The fountain shop on the bottom floor serves Dr. Pepper floats as well as other flavors of drinks as well.

Visited June 2013
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Rockford, Illinois
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“It's a Dr. Pepper Museum; How Much Do You Really Expect?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Waco is a town of 150,000 people (give or take). Recreation choices are somewhat limited.

Because of its proximity to Baylor University, our family (teenage son) decided to visit the Dr. Pepper Museum. Took the advice of another trip advisor contributor and stopped at the Waco Visitor's Center to get coupons for $2 off each of our admissions.

Went on a weekday in the morning. Free parking right across the street from the entrance. Only a few other people there. The museum chronicles the history of Dr. Pepper and the history of soda pop in general. Three stories of displays, pictures, etc. The few staff members there were friendly / helpful. Small gift shop offering Dr. Pepper stuff you probably couldn't buy anywhere else.

It was interesting enough. Glad I went.

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Bit pricey place - but you can buy soda without the tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

A bit pricey and more entertaining for adults. The soda fountain is super - and you can visit it without going into museum. The homemade soda is great. The other stuff is interesting but not really worth $8.

Visited August 2013
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Warren, New Jersey
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Okay for when you have nothing else to do on a hot afternoon”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

I visited this museum out of pure curiosity while visiting friends in Waco. Since there aren't that many things to do in the area we figured we would give this a shot. Adult tickets are $8 which is way too much for the experience. it takes about 30-45 minutes to walk through the museum. They have a significant amount of information posted with some interactive displays for children, but there is way too much reading for children to appreciate exactly what they are seeing. As a chemistry teacher, I knew a significant amount of information about how soda was made so I didn't really learn anything new from any of the exhibits. I would also argue that there wasn't all that much to learn in the first place.

The most interesting part of the museum was a special exhibit on the Waco tornado and its devastation. They had excellent pictures showing the damaged areas of the city and comparing them to what they look like now. They also had a green screen where you could pretend to be a weather person and watch yourself on a TV. This seemed to be a big hit among the children as well. Sadly, I think this is only a temporary exhibit and has absolutely nothing to do with Dr. Pepper or soda in any way.

If you have absolutely nothing else to do it's good for a short amount of entertainment but I'd certainly never go back for round two.

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“A great history lesson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Before you go, stop by the Tourist Information building (located between the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and the First Street Cemetary) and obtain a green discount coupon for the museum; that will save you $2 off the admission fee.

A good way to spend about an hour in Waco. There are three floors, accessible by elevator and stairs, to view. The first floor has the old bottling machinery, some videos explaining the history of Dr. Pepper's rise and other displays including the artesian well used early on for the plant's water source.

The second floor contains more historical displays, clothing, Dr. Pepper artifacts and a detailed analysis of the 1953 tornado that devastated downtown Waco. Don't miss the movie about the tornado, it contains actual historical film and photos.

The third floor is devoted to Woodrow Wilson "Foots" Clements, a truly remarkable man who dedicated his entire adult life to the Dr. Pepper company and the betterment of society.

You get tokens with your admission for a free drink sample or 10% off purchases in the gift store. Go see it and take your time.

Visited August 2013
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