There are a few things you should know before you visit The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. When we road tripped across the South recently, Bentonville was the first stop on our 5,000-mile journey. We’d never been there, but knew that it was the birthplace of one of the world’s most successful and recognizable retailers — Walmart. When we rolled into town and saw The Walmart Museum on Main Street, in Bentonville, we knew we just had to stop. We had an hour or so so spend at the museum and were surprised that we learned more than expected. If you’re in the area, it is definitely worth checking out. To help you prepare, here are eight tips for your visit to The Walmart Museum in Bentonville. You won’t need your wallet — admission is free. That’s right, you can take a self-guided tour around The Walmart Museum and it won’t cost you a dime. The museum is in the original 5&10 that Sam Walton opened in 1950 on Bentonville’s town square. There you can see memorabilia from the early days in the store. The exhibit gallery is chock full of family-friendly displays that tell the story of Walmart’s rise from one store front in Arkansas to worldwide success. One of our favorite exhibits was the well-preserved office of founder and CEO Sam Walton. Workers carefully photographed, catalogued, and removed the contents of Walton’s office after he passed away in 1992. They even included the wood paneling and carpet! Next, they reconstructed the office in the museum exactly as it had been for all to see and reflect. His chair did not seem as worn as I had expected, likely because Sam spent little time there. Instead, he spent much of his time out in stores with front line employees and customers.