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National Mustard Museum, Middleton

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4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • If you're looking for that quirky museum to be able to tell friends and family you visited and they most likely won't, head to the Mustard Museum. Yes, it's an hour of your life you'll never get back ...  read more »
  • We stopped here on a whim and we are glad we did. This is a mustard store upstairs and a museum downstairs. The owner has a great sense of humor and presents the history of mustard in a very funny way...  read more »
  • We visited just to kill some timeand were really pleasantly surprised. Barry has created a bizarre, fun and interesting collection here and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.Of course, we ...  read more »
  • Excellent museum! The National Mustard Museum has a great balance between humorous exhibits and serious ones. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, they sell tons of different mustards and you can taste them.
  • A fun place to visit that only requires an hour or so. Basement is a small museum honoring one of the best condiments on the planet. Upstairs is a mustard shop with an amazing selection of mustards from around the world, plus fun and serious related items. The best part? You can sample any of the mustards in stock. We had a great time here, and the staff were very friendly, helpful and fun. Be prepared to purchase quite a variety of mustards on a whim :)
  • Quaint little museum with more mustard than you ever thought existed. You can sample any of the mustard in the shop prior to buying any of them which is great. They opened my eyes to a whole new world of mustard. Make your brats taste that much better and go find a new mustard to try!
  • Small but awesome. Their selection of mustards from around the world was very good. You can taste *any* mustard you're curious about. I'm not at all a mustard fan, but they patiently helped me assemble a large gift box for my husband, who considers hot dogs to be "mustard delivery devices". Super-reasonable prices too, both on the mustards and the shipping - I paid only $12 to ship an extra-large box. I was very impressed!
  • Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Just a great place to spend a few minutes. NOTE: TSA considers mustard (even sealed) a flight security risk and will not allow it past security. Ship your mustard home.
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