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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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  • We stopped here to find this cool place. There is a ton of different mustards you can sample along with learning all about mustard. The employees are so nice. If you buy something, you can toot a horn...  more »
  • As a Middleton resident, I wish I could say more positive things about the mustard museum. It has not been as successful as one hoped and now is just a very interesting mustard gift shop. If you are l...  more »
  • For years I passed a sign for this museum in the middle of Wisconsin, and promised myself that one day I would visit. (I think it was the tongue and cheek attitude expressed on their signage) So, alth...  more »
  • I love mustard and the mustard museum caters to every mustard preference imaginable. I have found some great mustards here. The museum downstairs is very interesting too.
  • So much more then expected!! When the kiddos had fun. Free tasting, awesome staff. Pleasant surprise!
  • 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.
  • So cool... try as many mustards as you can... must try the chocolate mustard!
  • A mustard store masquerading as a museum. Lots of fun, though. A wide variety of mustards and they'll let you taste them all.

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