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I’ve always been fascinated by Walmart and how it became what it is today. It’s probably got something to do with my degree in marketing or my fascination with shopping. I knew when I visited Bentonville, Arkansas that it was going to be one of the places I had to see. Of course, you cannot wander into Walmart’s headquarters to take a look but I did have a chance to visit the Walmart Visitor’s Center in downtown Bentonville. Walmart Visitor’s Center is located where Sam Walton’s first Ben Franklin five and dime store was – on the town square in Bentonville.
Walmart Visitor’s Center
Walmart’s Visitor Center is separated into three parts:
- The 5&10 store in the front is a functional store with the original floor tiles and an original tin ceiling. You’ll think that you stepped back in time with the selection of toys, books and candy from years ago.
- The interactive exhibit gallery is a museum dedicated to the history of Walmart from the very first store until current times. You can look at a timeline that tracks the company’s history and success, see personal effects from Sam Walton’s life, and look and touch a variety of different interactive displays. They even have Sam Walton’s old Ford F-150 parked in the gallery!
- The Spark Cafe is available for you to stop and enjoy some locally roasted coffee and baked goods from Walmart, Sam’s Club and Neighborhood Market.
The Walmart Visitor Center is conveniently located in downtown Bentonville. You can easily walk to several restaurants or do a little bit of window shopping while you’re there. There is something for everyone at the Walmart Visitor’s Center. I loved seeing all the old time penny candy available at the 5&10 store and if you have younger children, you’ll love being able to buy them some of the toys you played with (or your parents played with) when you were young.
I was particularly fascinated by the interactive exhibit gallery. It was so much fun looking at some of the older products you used to be able to buy at Walmart in their original packaging that was used back in the early 1900s. We didn’t have a chance to grab a snack at the Spark Cafe this time but if I ever go back, it’s definitely on my list.
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105 N. Main Street
Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Noon – 5 p.m.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.