Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, Waco

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Visit Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute for a historical look at one of the nation's most popular fizzy drinks. Built in 1906 as the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company, the museum was the first building created specifically for the production of Dr. Pepper. It includes the original bottling plant from 1906, which was in use until 1960.The museum added the Free Enterprise Institute in 1997. You can watch old commercials and listen to jingles from decades gone by for Dr. Pepper. On the third floor, the Free Enterprise Institute is dedicated to W.W. "Foots" Clements, an important figure in Dr. Pepper's history and former CEO. The institute strives to teach the basics of free enterprise economics through interactive exhibits. Add Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute to your Waco travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Waco trip itinerary maker tool .
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Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute Reviews
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  • Although the tour of the museum was mildly interesting, it was fairly small and took no more than 30 minutes. The gift shop was also small. This stop could probably be skipped on a visit to the area.  more »
  • To bad they don’t give ya a sample when done. The new building is nice some of the older one is about the same as it has been  more »
  • Stopped here because my friend loves Dr pepper! It was a neat museum. It had three floors and a gift shop with a soda fountain. Prob spent a out an hour total but I didn't stop and look at everything ...  more »
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  • Great experience for the kids. They were able to touch and interact with most of the exhibits then finished off the tour with a fountain soda. Free parking was great! Museum is in walking distance from Magnolia Market and they offer free trolley service to other downtown spots so I highly suggest this museum if you're visiting. We love it!
  • This museum is really well done and gives a good overview of the history of Dr. Pepper. 1 - 1.5 hours is probably sufficient. If you haven't been here in the last 3 or 4 years, they have moved the soda shop into the adjacent building and expanded the exhibit. Although the charm of the old soda shoppe is gone, the expanded store and exhibit add value to the tour.
  • This is a nice museum set up. It's informative and you can spend a few hours or more. However it is a bit annoying to charge, which I understand there are costs to running a museum, and not offer any sort of sample. It's very much set up to sell you products after having spent the admission fee. This is honestly the only one I've ever done that hasn't offered anything. It's better for kids, it's ok to do as an adult. If I had to decide again, I probably wouldn't have done it.
  • I had a lot of fun going through the museum and learning about the historic Dr. Pepper plant! I felt like I was pretty rushed going through here as I had to leave by a certain time and the museum was much more extensive than I had expected. I did see that they have demonstrations in an area in the second building, which look really fun, but again I was unable to see it due to time constraints. I definitely plan to go back during a time that I am less stressed for time and can see the show. The most interesting part for me was the area with the original well and the bottling/bottle washing equipment. I would definitely say go, just make sure you have enough time.
  • Quick drive from Temple, and lots of signs to not get lost. Enjoyed the free parking across the road. Very nice people at the admission table. Price is not to bad for 2 adults. Enjoyed the museum, and lots of cool things to see. Defiantly recommend if you're in the area!

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