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National Mustard Museum, Middleton

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The National Mustard Museum is a museum near U.S. 14 in the heart of downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. It boasts a large display of prepared mustards. It is often featured in lists of unusual museums in the United States.The museum was conceived and founded by Barry Levenson, former Assistant Attorney General of Wisconsin. It centers on a mustard collection he began in 1986 while despondent over the failure of his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, to win the 1986 World Series. The initial dozen jars have grown to a collection of more than 5,300 mustards from more than 60 countries, along with hundreds of items of mustard memorabilia and exhibits depicting the use of mustard through history.The museum opened its doors in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin on April 6, 1992. It moved across the street to a larger site in October 2000. In November 2009, the museum moved to Middleton and changed its name to the present one.Admission is free of charge, and the museum is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., though it is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.The museum's gift shop occupies about half of its floor space and offers free tasting of mustard samples from a refrigerated case containing scores of varieties; the museum also operates a mail-order mustard business.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This place is what it says it is and more. The actual museum is downstairs. It displays jars of mustard from all over the world. It also explains everything you would like to know about the condiment....  more »
  • As a mustard enthusiast this is a "must visit" whenever I am in the Madison area. An incomparable collection of mustards, all of which can be sampled at their staffed mustard sample station. Really a ...  more »
  • A must see if you're in Middleton. The proprietors, Colonel Mustard (Barry) and Patti are great. I always leave with at least one new mustard to try.  more »
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  • Unique venue. Mesuem of mustard downstairs, upstairs is a gourmet shop of endless types of mustard. Ended up buying several different flavors of mustard. A must see.
  • A mustard store masquerading as a museum. Lots of fun, though. A wide variety of mustards and they'll let you taste them all.
  • So much fun! Love the friendliness of the employees and their willingness to have fun with customers. The museum is interesting and cheeky. Tried lots of mustards. If you like mustard even a little, it's worth the trip!
  • How could you not go? Who knew we had a National Mustard Museum, a neat little place definitely worth a quick stop
  • It's a bit bizarre and small, but kind of fun. If you like trying different kinds of mustard or are looking for a specific one, then definitely try this place.