Bentonville, Arkansas: Birthplace of Walmart

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Walmart Museum

Address:
105 Main St., Bentonville, AR
Directions:
At Main and Central Ave. facing the town square park.
Hours:
M-Th 8-9, F-Sa 8-10, Su 12-9 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
479-277-6851
Admission:
Free.
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Walmart Museum and Visitor Center.

Birthplace of Walmart

A corporate museum occupies the town square spot where Sam Walton's Walmart began. See Sam's preserved office, his hunting boots, his favorite pickup truck, and his wife's wedding dress. Or just pose outside in front of the "Walton's 5-10" storefront.

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Birthplace of Walmart

The newest exhibit in the Birthplace of Walmart museum is also among its oldest: one of the front doors from Sam Walton's first store. It was a Ben Franklin franchise in nearby Newport that Sam ran from 1945 to 1950. When its lease wasn't renewed, Sam moved his business to Bentonville and opened the first Walmart. The doors were salvaged in the 1960s and stored in a garage until their owner died; his family donated one to the museum, the other to the Smithsonian. The Bentonville door is dramatically displayed behind glass in a custom case with glowing edges, giving it the aura of a rare antiquity. The museum notes that the door is well worn, offering "evidence of customer activity."

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 12/06/2016]

Wal-Mart birthplace and museum.

Birthplace of Walmart

There's a farmers market on the Bentonville city square on Saturday mornings.

[Mary, 06/26/2016]

Walmart Museum.

Birthplace of Wal-Mart

They're decorated for the holidays at the Walmart Museum.

[Kelly Soprych, 12/10/2014]

Bentonville's town square is still the location of Sam Walton's original five and dime, where visitors can tour the Walmart Museum and also check out the old tyme soda fountain..

Birthplace of Wal-Mart.

Birthplace of Wal-Mart

A fantastic stop! There's a small museum, along with the original five-and-dime store.

[April N, 12/02/2014]

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In the region:
Memorial to Victim of Bonnie and Clyde, Alma, AR - 62 mi.

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