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Dr Pepper Museum
The Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute opened to the public in May 1991 and has hosted over 1,700,000 visitors. It is located in Waco, Texas and is the home of the Nation’s oldest major soft drink. The Museum is housed in the 1906 Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company building located in downtown Waco. The 100 year-old building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the “Home of Dr Pepper.”
East Wing Building
Use your wristband to access the Emerson Holt – Ted Getterman Exhibit Gallery, which opened in May of 2016. Highlights include a mock 7UP bottling line, restored beverage wagons, a model train set and the original vault that now houses the Treasures of the Dr Pepper Museum.
Stop by Peggy Pepper’s Emporium to get your Dr Pepper gear on your way out! Of course, no trip to the Dr Pepper Museum would be complete without a handmade Dr Pepper or Dr Pepper float with Blue Bell Ice Cream from Frosty’s Soda Shop.
As you walk from the AMBC Building to the East Wing, stop at some of our most popular photo opportunities. The 1950s Chevrolet delivery truck features the iconic Dr Pepper green color that was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.Across the courtyard is the Good for Life mural painted by C.B. Morgan in the 1940s. It was originally located on the AMBC property, but was moved to its current location during the Museum renovation.
The boiler is an original feature of the AMBC Building and supplied power to the bottling and production equipment.
– 1st Floor
Begin your visit by listening to Doc Alderton tell the story of early Waco and his famous invention – Dr Pepper – in a recreation of the Old Corner Drug Store.See items from a featured member of the 10-2-4 Collectors Club before you make your way into the bottling room where you can see the original artesian well where workers sourced the water for the first Dr Peppers bottled here.
– 2nd Floor
Walk on the original wood floors where syrup was mixed and stored when the building was a bottling plant. Can you guess why the floor is uneven? Explore our current temporary exhibit Meet Me at The Fair and discover which of your favorite foods and inventions were introduced at a World’s fair (hint: Dr Pepper is one of them!).Visit the 1924 Ford Model T pickup truck in Wilton’s Landing and view a sampling of our cooler and vending machine collection.
In 2018 we are excited to announce the addition of a dedicated theater space for soft drink commercials and a sampling station for Dr Pepper Snapple Group products.
– 3rd Floor
As you exit the elevator on the 3r d floor you are greeted by a hologram of W.W. “Foots” Clements explaining his innovative method for arranging Dr Peppers in coolers when he was a route salesman in Alabama. Foots rose through the ranks of the Dr Pepper Company to become President and CEO before helping establish the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute.Visit the auditorium for the temporary home of the soft drink commercials!