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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. For Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute and beyond, use our Waco trip generator to get the most from your Waco vacation.
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  • Enjoy the tour with the family and brought back memories while watching the throwback commercials in the small theater, a must do with the family. We did a self tour of the museum but they do have gui...  more »
  • Very amazing old Dr Pepper memorabilia. Informative educational history about Dr. Pepper, as well as the history with how it relates to Waco,Tx. See and hear the stories of how the beverage has always...  more »
  • I found it a very interesting history of soda pop and Dr Pepper / 7-Up in particular. There was not much there, however, and the $10 price of admission was high. I took a young child and there was NOT...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kids.loved it, took hundreds of photos, and got some souvenirs. My grandmother and her sisters worked in the bottling factory many, many years ago. They lived in Mount Calm. So my mom became a DP fan and drinker, so then did myself and one of my sisters, and now all 3 of my girls do too. It was a fun time. Very family friendly and the staff were nice. Can't wait to show my grandmother, who just turned 91, the photos and video we took. I'm sure we will be back! Also, I couldn't leave without getting a full case of the handmade style Dr. Pepper.
  • This is a great piece of Waco history, as well as a history of the soda pop industry. Fun for families with kids, and kids at heart. Some of the displays are a little outdated, but all very informative. We did not plan to spend enough time here. Probably give yourself 2 hours, as there are two buildings. It is not run by the Dr Pepper company, but by a non-profit. Shows the original side of soda pop manufacturing, history, as well as modern technology and techniques. The demonstration was informative and short, so definitely take your kids to that. The admission price seems a little steep.