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The Walmart Museum

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Address: 105 N Main St, Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone Number:
+1 479-273-1329
Today
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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Nice place

Very interesting place showing Walton´s early life, Wal-Mart first steps and evolution to what it is today.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting place showing Walton´s early life, Wal-Mart first steps and evolution to what it is today.

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Thank Santiago R
Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is something fun that takes only an hour or maybe a little more. An activity that the whole family will enjoy. This area is great to explore, have lunch and sit and enjoy the area. A must do if you're in the area and want a true Arkansas experience.

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Thank Morgan J
El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For a guy that wanted to give the community a great place to shop, he did it. The museum was awesome with the timelines and progress of Walmart. It was fun cause some of the things I saw reminded me of being a kid and what I remember of going to Walmart as a kid. The ice cream shop was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved it and were informed of things we never new about Sam Walton. Interactive game available with your cell phone as well.

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Thank Cynthia J
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If in Bentonville or North West Arkansas, the Walmart Museum is a fun and informative place to visit. I found it great for young and old. There is a soda fountain at the end of the museum and the square is quite picturesque.

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Thank Freddy4
Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

WalMart is the largest, most successful retailer on earth. The museum is in the original building 5 and 10 store where he started and it provides amazing insight to how Sam Walton's vision to "live better for less" became THE template for the world. Many business momentos are displayed and personal ones of his wife Helen and their children. Sam's... More 

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Thank Patricia H
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

whether you have 10 minutes or 30 or 2 hours, there are many things to learn about the Walton family and the community of Bentonville at this free museum. What better place to learn the details about Sam Walton who revolutionized retail permanently.

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Thank RBarnhart
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's impossible to be in Bentonville and not feel the presence of the Walmart company. The entrance to this free museum is set up to resemble a small 5¢ and 10¢ from the 1950's, but is not as charming or vintage-y as I had expected. The museum itself has interesting, if not terribly sophisticated, displays. Perhaps the most unique exhibit... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely museum that will share the history of Sam Walton and Wal Mart. The museum is well done and very engaging. My favorite display is "the reasons for returns!" Don't miss the chance to have an ice cream treat in the ice cream shop before you leave.

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Thank Diane B
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun, little museum. Free and self-guided. Good glimpse into Sam Walton's life and Wal-Mart's beginnings. Loved his office, frozen in time! Also got a good laugh at the wall displaying items with ridiculous return reasons. Interactive exhibits for the kids and you can print a personalized visitor's sticker. Spent less than an hour here but it was worthwhile, and right... More 

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