The Walmart Museum
The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, is dedicated to the world’s largest company by revenue and its founder, Sam Walton. Its goal is to showcase the surprisingly local roots of the ubiquitious retail corporation.
RAA was asked to create a museum experience in the original five-and-dime store that Sam Walton opened in Bentonville’s town square in 1950. It was to be an informative time capsule, and one that would embody the everyday pleasures and humble accessibility associated with Sam Walton himself.
The design blends historic details of the original store with video and audio clips of the company’s history. The store’s original tile flooring, his iconic Ford pickup truck, and a re-installation of his wood-paneled office are all part of the exhibition. Interactives address the company’s influence in America and around the world.
The Museum includes a working five-and-dime store, complete with vintage toys, games, and candies. It also features an orientation theater, an interactive timeline, and a retro-styled soda fountain.
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“After almost 28 years with the company it’s pretty cool to start sharing the Walmart story with the girls. Much of my life has been dedicated to Walmart & the other part has been dedicated to them. Really cool seeing them intersect at the right time. #walmart #walmartfamily”