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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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  • The 5 and Dime store was small but quaint. The museum had a lot of reading and information yet not much interactive displays. The truck was great. Ice cream was not creamy but had good flavor.  more »
  • You can be there as long as you want -- it's free and very interesting! Be sure and make yourself a name tag with your very own bar code.  more »
  • On the central square of Bentonville, very pretty, is the first shop of Walton which was transformed into the Walmart free admission to the Museum that celebrates the extraordinary success of Sam Walton and his company. Photos and original documents testify to the heyday of the American dream, which in 67 years has seen a small country store become a multinational from 485 billion dollars. Very interesting.
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  • I enjoyed this very much. Sam Walton was a great American. Built an empire on doing people and business right. It amazes and disheartens me that liberals in this country would go out of their way to hurt a company that has helped so many through either employment or saving money on products to live a better life. Whether you shop at Walmart or you don't, you may not know it but, you have been enriched by them in some way. I hope our country can return to this kind of commitment to hard work and success.
  • It's probably just me, since I'm from here, but I don't find a museum dedicated to Walmart and the Walton family all that compelling. If you've never really thought about the goings-on or history of Walmart, I'm sure this is kinda cool. But there are definitely better museums in town. The ice cream shop (Spark Cafe) next door though gets 5 stars.
  • Interesting and nostalgic. Good to visit once. Free admission. Clean restrooms. A "5 & dime" store is attached so you can purchase candy items and small toys. An old fashioned ice cream shop is connected to the museum, also.
  • This is an amazing Museum surrounded by beautiful views and trails. The nearby mountain bike trails are so good! I did a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright house which was also very nice. The guided tour is $10. The trails are free and they have easy trails for street bikes and many sides trails that are for hikers only. Chrystal Spring is just behind the Frank Lloyd Wright house.
  • It was Sam Walton first store. The museum told the history of Walmart. I was impressed. Walmart is the largest employer in the world. I didn't know thst.

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