While chatting with my neighbors the other day, I was surprised to learn that there is a Walmart museum in Arkansas. I had no idea there was such a thing, but I admit I was curious. Although it looks like it started in 1990 as a more traditional visitor center, it’s actually a museum dedicated to all things Walmart. The museum is located in Bentonville, Arkansas and houses the Spark Cafe and Walton 5&10.
Museum explores company history
The museum has a history intertwined with that of the Walmart company itself. When it opened in 1990, it was known as the Walmart Visitor Center. However, over the years, the term “visitor center” became associated with the local tourism board, and it was decided that a name change was necessary. Today, the museum is known simply as the Walmart Museum and is home to a variety of exhibits and artefacts that tell the story of the retail giant.
The property will be undergoing renovations from November 1, 2021 until Spring 2024. This renovation is intended to make the museum more inclusive and accessible. To minimize disruption to visitors during renovations, the museum will be temporarily relocated.
ice cream truck on the move
As the renovation of the Walmart Museum complex continues, they announced that the Spark Café (and its 50-cent ice cream cups) will be mobile. (If you’re interested, please post updates online.) Our new mobile location will be Bentonville Square.
Whatever your personal feelings about Walmart, it’s hard to deny that the company has had a huge impact on the retail industry. It has grown into a global giant with more than 100 stores. The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas offers visitors the opportunity to explore the history and evolution of the company. The more you know how things went, the easier it will be to avoid the same mistakes (or repeat the same successes). So, whether you’re a Walmart fan or not, this museum is worth a visit for anyone interested. Learn more about the company’s history and its role in the retail industry.