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The Walmart Museum

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Address: 105 N Main St, Bentonville, AR 72712-5341
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+1 479-273-1329
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

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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Free to visit and lots of informative exhibits. Great setting in an old building. Great Americana. Do not miss this

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bradenton, Florida
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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free to visit and lots of informative exhibits. Great setting in an old building. Great Americana. Do not miss this

Thank phyllis667
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overview of the start and success of the Walmart empire. Located in the original store adds a bit of charm to the visit.

Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed browsing through this museum about the Walton family and the beginnings of the Wal-Mart stores. A great example of a successful American businessman. The museum also recalls a simpler time in the United States.

Thank sandyh517
Oxford, Mississippi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a Walmart shopper you will enjoy the small museum. It is free and the gift shop is especially fun for boomers. Sam Walton was a self-made man and interesting life story.

Thank OxHon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the opportuntiy recently to visit this historic little museum again after many years. It is a great collection of Walmart's history including early ads, shopping cart handles, lapel pins, videos and more with a nice little Spark Shop for your sweet tooth.

Thank Gary A
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having grown up in Arkansas, Wal Mart is legendary as one of the greatest businesses ever to originate in the state. Several successful businesses that sprouted from the Walton family include Sam's Club, Arvest Bank and Crystal Bridges Museum. The Wal Mart museum in downtown Bentonville tells the full story and tells it well. Videos, exhibits and great retailing of... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to see the History of Walmart! Good place to wonder through on an afternoon! Not real pricey - doesn't take a long time!

Thank Sherry W
Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sam Walton was an incredible businessman with a true vision for retailing and making the world a better place through his vision and ability to focus no out what the public wanted and needed and meeting that challenge through product, pricing, location and all around "smarts". It's hard to believe that the Sam's-WalMart vision started in Bentonville and this adorable,... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Again as with all the Walmart sponsored places its free. From the warm welcome you are guided through a chronology of the history of Walmart. You can even agree or disagree with their philosophy, but this a first class exhibit of the company and its maker Sam Walton history. A great use of you time.

Thank JamesUKUSA69
Kansas City
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had passed up previous opportunities to visit the Walmart Museum and was happy that I didn't on my most recent trip to Bentonville. Admission is free. You enter through a gift store that is filled with all sorts of candy we used to eat back in the 60's (which was fun seeing again) and also lots of souvenir and... More 

Thank Karen W

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