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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. Plan to visit The Walmart Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bentonville attractions using our Bentonville trip itinerary builder.
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  • It is an overly positive homage to the history of Walmart. There are some interesting displays, a gift shop and a cafe/ice cream shop.  more »
  • The Walmart museum is great. You can see Mr Sam's truck, his office, and many other displays and movies that portray the history of Walmart. When finished step over to the ice cream parlor and/or the ...  more »
  • I loved the Walmart Museum in Bentonville, AR. The museum takes you through a timeline from the very beginnings of Wal-Mart through present day. It was very interesting to look back and see memories o...  more »
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  • Maybe I'm partial because of my love for Dan Walton, but I love this museum. There's info on the early years of Walmart. The people who started it. And the powerhouse for good that Walmart is now as the world's largest retailer. A fun atmosphere. Short video documentary/interview type films available to watch. We also love the gift shop with toys and candy from our childhoods to purchase. And the Spark Cafe to get a sitter yummy, super value in cost, Yarnell's ice cream cone.
  • Brought my three young kids here. Not a place to spend a lot of time with them, but we learned a little about recycling, printed our names as barcodes, got ice cream at the Spark Cafe (very reasonable prices, $1 for a sugar cone), and enjoyed browsing the retro toys in the gift shop. Definitely a fun stop if you are in the area. We spent just over an hour here with a 2, 5, and 7 year old. On street parking was free though there wasn't a ton of it available.
  • The first walmart location - Arkansas ! Amazed to know about the fact that it was the first walmart here in Arkansas. The museum showcases the old artifacts and its history. The outside surrounding is usually crowded with people, feels festive. I was lucky enough to watch a flash mob performing dance.
  • Pretty cool museum about the history of Walmart. Interesting info even though I'm not a fan of Walmart and its practices. There is also a shop attached with old-timey toys and a fountain shop with super cheap ice cream!
  • 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.