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Explore the history behind the world's largest retailer at The Walmart Museum. Originally opened as a five-and-dime store in 1950 by Sam Walton, the building now houses a museum featuring exhibits and a reconstruction of the original dime store which boasts original floor tiles, a tin ceiling, and supplies that the shop would have sold. Grab an ice cream float at the old-fashioned soda fountain. Work out when and for how long to visit The Walmart Museum and other Bentonville attractions using our handy Bentonville attractions site.
The Walmart Museum reviews
The main museum is closed at the moment and your only option is a very small temporary site. The temporary museum is free, not sure about the main one when it reopens. There really isn't anything...
The main museum is closed at the moment and your only option is a very small temporary site. The temporary museum is free, not sure about the main one when it reopens. There really isn't anything... more »
We called the museum to see what the hours are and we’re told about the temporary relocation … and this is where we went! It’s small, but there is interesting history and an interactive holograph of..... more
We called the museum to see what the hours are and we’re told about the temporary relocation … and this is where we went! It’s small, but there is interesting history and an interactive holograph of..... more »
The museum is undergoing renovations, but don't let that stop you from going to the Heritage Lab on the first floor of the Ledger Building. Learn about Sam Walton, his family, his ethics and drive..... more
The museum is undergoing renovations, but don't let that stop you from going to the Heritage Lab on the first floor of the Ledger Building. Learn about Sam Walton, his family, his ethics and drive..... more »
Great timeline of Sam Walton and the raise of Wal-Mart. Very limited items to view but neat to see the items they did have, including old store ads. My favorite item was Sam’s red Ford 150 along with his handy shotgun. This is not a big museum and you can cover all the rooms one to two hours. They have a nice ice cream shop to enjoy when you finish. It was a good time!
Went there over Spring break! Absolutely enjoyed their hospitality! The front check in lady and guy were awesome! And the museum was definitely worth visiting! I felt so inspired to follow my dreams like Sam Walton!
Interesting whether you shop at Walmart or not. Walmart is a brand you commonly see all over America, but I didn't know the details this museum offered. As you might expect, the exhibits are glowing and celebratory of their founder Sam Walton, including his office preserved behind glass, his pickup truck, and his wife's wedding dress. No matter how you feel about Walmart, seeing the full timeline from it's founder's birth to the present is a fascinating story of innovation, business, branding, and extraordinary success. There are surprises and nostalgia as you learn about Walmart trying to compete and keep up with changing times. Try some Grapette soda! Please note: The 5 & 10 storefront is the entrance to the museum. Inside the door you will find the gift shop and ticket desk.
A very interesting museum! The story began with the denial of lease renewal to the founder, to running a nationwide business and how humble he was attributing his success to his employees. It goes without saying that stories of 'Karens of the era' are equally intriguing. It is also fun to appreciate the products of the time. I was there in summertime when the cafe was selling a honey ice-cream.
Free entry to museum, there is a little store you can visit inside the entrance and a small restaurant on the way out. Lots of other shops in the town square if you want to make a full day of it. The museum itself is small, but since it's free you really can't complain! My son enjoyed the interactive exhibits. Takes between 20 minutes and an hour to get through depending on how much of the timeline you want to read and absorb.
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