Journey along a timeline that travels back to the birth of the world’s largest company at The Walmart Museum in Bentonville. From humble beginnings at the 1950 Walton’s 5&10, to retail superpower, this interactive gallery traces the story of retailing mogul Sam Walton and the growth of Walmart.

“Throughout the gallery, you will experience Sam Walton’s office, exactly as it was when he passed away in 1992, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, Sam Walton’s truck and Helen Walton’s wedding dress,” said Jennifer Cozens, museum spokesperson.

Walton’s 5&10, The Walmart Museum, Bentonville, Ark.
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Step into Walton’s 5&10, a working shop filled with retro toys, candies and souvenirs arrayed beneath the original tin ceiling. Next, tour through the gallery and its collection of documents, images and memorabilia that narrate the history of Walmart and the Walton family. Catch a video of Sam Walton doing the hula on Wall Street and see his iconic 1979 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

At the end of the tour, groups find themselves at the Spark Café Soda Fountain, a nostalgic throwback to the small-town ice cream soda fountains of yesteryear, complete with soda jerks and 1950s-era music and videos. Order an ice cream sundae, banana split or the decadent Moonpie Palooza, which features a chocolate double-decker MoonPie, ice cream and hot fudge.

The Walmart Museum is taking steps in accordance with recently announced Walmart Home Office Policy to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Currently, The Walmart Museum, Walton’s 5&10 and the Spark Café are temporarily closed to the public. While The Walmart Museum is closed, the stores and clubs are open and providing a vital service to our communities.

The Walmart Museum