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The Walmart Museum, Bentonville

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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. Plan to visit The Walmart Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bentonville attractions using our Bentonville trip itinerary builder.
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  • This place was absolutely amazing with a lot of history! It goes all the way back to when Sam Walton started business as Waltons 5 and 10. It was very neat to take a step back in time and enjoy someon...  read more »
  • First time to Bentonville and of course had to see the Walmart Museum! The front section is a little gift shop with time period toys, candies, kitchen items, etc.. the museum itself is laid out in in ...  read more »
  • Worth an hour visit. Wonderful small and inexpensive gift shop and ice cream parlor. Charming staff. 
  • My husband, daughter and I took a visit to the museum today. We had a wonderful experience. We learned about Wal-Mart and found out that Sam Walton served in the Army (we're both veterans). The Yarnell's ice cream was divine and the old candy in the store was a treat. The only issue we had was that we felt the older guy that greeted us wasn't very nice, friendly or helpful. The younger guy was very nice though.
  • I am not a Walmart fan, but I was surprised to learn what I did at the museum. I actually think what Sam Walton was trying to accomplish is the beginning was something great, but now it's become what it's become. I love learning and I sure did learn something here.
  • Right in Bentonville downtown showcasing the history of Sam Walton and Walmart. Knowing the progress Walmart has made over time is really impressive. This place has a gift shop and eatery as well.
  • The Walmart Museum is awesome - a really enjoyable storytelling of Walmart's history! Walk through the museum and enjoy some tasty ice cream treats at the end of your tour.
  • Worth the trip! A worthwhile peek into the history of the family of the Waltons and the retail dynasty that they created. Also shows what the company has done to improve the lives of the community, the environment, and society. Highlights include personal memorabilia like Sams truck and office. Several interactive multimedia exhibits. The best part is the old traditional ice cream shoppe located near the exits when you are ready to head out. Fun for all ages.
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