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The Walmart Museum, Bentonville

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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 .
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  • You wouldn't expect glitz and glamor in a Wal-Mart store so don't expect it here. This is a hometown bow to a hometown hero, and it suits the subject well. Free admission a bonus. I visited about a ye...  more »
  • You think you know about Wal Mart, you don't. Take in all of the informative displays here, tons to read, very interesting facts and tidbits about the companies humble beginnings. Full tour takes abou...  more »
  • Well done museum with interactive displays. Information presented in an easy format. Museum staff friendly and knowledgeable  more »
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  • Not sure what the big fuss is all about this Walmart "museum". It's a neat candy store with some old items. Worth checking out, but not worthy of level "museum". The surrounding downtown area is pretty neat, though. Lots of good places to eat and hang outside on the patio.
  • This place was interesting. I came up here to visit my aunt during Spring Break on my first visit to Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum entrance is through the old Walton's 5 & 10, which had old candy and toys for somebody who is into old fashioned. The only bathroom in this place is right when the tour starts. At the end of the museum, there is an ice cream shop. When I went into the ice cream shop, it felt like I went back into the 50s. I had a mishap with the root beer float I ordered because when I put my straw in, the foam went over my cup, but the employees were nice to clean it up for me. I was not the only customer this has happened to. I now have something to talk about when I return to Texarkana College after Spring Break.
  • This was an unexpected gem. I had no idea there even was a Wal-Mart Museum. Even though I grew up in Arkansas and have always admired Mr. Walton, I didn't know this existed. It was a great way to tell the "story of the building of the largest retailer ever". Nice little retro gift shop and snack bar. Parking around the square. They even had Mr. Sam's old Pick-up Truck! Highly recommended!
  • Amazing history and artifacts! Loved it! The 2 (store keepers, as they were dressed) who greeted us were so friendly and knowledgeable! Will go again!
  • Interesting, brief and well laid out. The entrance is a 5-10 replica with a great assortment of gift shop stuff. The museum starts with a short, introductory film and then a self guided tour. The finish is a soda fountain staffed by really helpful servers. Well done!
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