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The Walmart Museum

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Address: 105 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR 72712
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+1 479-273-1329
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08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950,...

When Sam Walton opened his 5&10 on the Bentonville town square in 1950, he had no idea he'd planted the seeds for what would become the global leader in retail, saving millions of people money so they could live better. Today, that humble little dime store is the location of The Walmart Museum. A family-friendly experience in 3 parts, the Museum features a world-class exhibit gallery, Walton's 5&10, and The Spark Cafe.

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Friday - Saturday: 8:00a.M. - 10:00P.M.

Sunday: 12:00 p.M. - 9:00 P.M.

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A nice representation of how the store was in the very beginning.

The store itself is pretty small, but has a lot of interesting things, most of course relating to Walmart. The museum is an interesting story of how Walmart began and progressed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
momof2boyz2
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Coal Township, Pennsylvania
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Coal Township, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The store itself is pretty small, but has a lot of interesting things, most of course relating to Walmart. The museum is an interesting story of how Walmart began and progressed to what it is today. It is free and worth stopping in if you are in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very much about founder Sam Walton. Much more interesting than the history of a billion dollar business alone. Some interactive exhibits for the kids. Also has an old soda shoppe attached that was so busy we skipped it.

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Thank Matthew H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I am a former employee, so I thought I was fairly knowledgable about Wal-Mart an Mr. Walton. I learned a lot. Such as he never marked his merchandise up more than 30%. The boys were facinated with his Eagle Scout story, because the are both close to achieving Eagle rank. As well as his pick-up truck. I would definitely recommend... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am a local in Northwest Arkansas and regularly take visitors to the Walmart Museum. It is such an inspiring story and I almost always learn something new myself. The museum is small and can be gone through quickly if you just want an overview or you can go through more leisurely to appreciate each step of the journey of... More 

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Hannibal, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the free museum of Sam Walton and his life. Learned history of his life and his dream. Too bad things have changed from his original values.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Family friendly, has a great gift shop worth new and two gifts. Museum is self paced and interactive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your business owner this is a must see!! Very motivating and encouraging!! Phenomenal prices for shakes and ice cream at the end of your!! And it's free!! You get a smiley button!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When in Bentonville take the few minutes it takes to visit the museum, it offers some interesting facts about Walmart. I would not plan a trip to Bentonville around this museum but if you are plannig a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum, why not spend 30 minutes here too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a cute museum. I learned lots of facts about the founder of Walmart and how it does it's business. Though the best part is the soda fountain at the end. I truly enjoyed having some of Walmart signature ice cream. Though the bathroom was my favorite part. Cleanest Walmart bathroom I've ever seen!

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Midway, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend highly that you stop and see Sam Walton's original five and dime in downtown Bentonville. The museum features interesting items such as his office (as it was on the day of his death), his pick up truck that he drove to many of his stores, many personal artifacts, video presentations and his presidential medal of freedom. I already... More 

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