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National Mustard Museum, Middleton

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The National Mustard Museum (formerly the Mount Horeb 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.

Among the displays are sweet hot mustards, fruit mustards, hot pepper mustards, horseradish mustards, and spirit mustards. The collection includes a large variety of French and English mixes, but many other countries are also represented.
In 2002, the museum was showcased on the Food Network television series Unwrapped. The museum and its curator have also been featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition broadcast of July 29, 2010, and Weekend Edition Saturday on February 18, 1995 (when it was located in Mount Horeb).
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  • You might be surprised to learn that the National Mustard Museum is one of Wisconsin's most popular tourist attractions, home to the world's largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia... 
    You might be surprised to learn that the National Mustard Museum is one of Wisconsin's most popular tourist attractions, home to the world's largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia...  more »
  • There isn't much I could add to these reviews- but one great point is this is the place you can get something TOTALLY different for your family member or friend that has everything. The Staff had... 
    There isn't much I could add to these reviews- but one great point is this is the place you can get something TOTALLY different for your family member or friend that has everything. The Staff had...  more »
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  • Though it's relatively smaller in size, it's packed with some nice things for the mustard lovers ! A loaded display of varieties of mustard and their origins dating back a few decades! Inside is brightly decorated, nicely displayed, and very neat ! The accompanying retail shop has plenty of varieties for tasting and for sales. Friendly staff greet you at the entrance. The mustard, as packed in the original pack, dated very old, gave a bit of concern on health hazards ! It is easily approachable by road and enough car parking available.
  • The mustard museum was an all around really awesome place to explore. The top floor is their shop and they have all the mustards you can possibly think of to buy and souvenirs/trinkets that are all pertaining to mustard. They have a tasting counter where you can try multiple different samples of mustard and you can even buy a soft pretzel for $2 each! The museum is on the first floor and is entirely free. The National Mustard Museum has the largest collection of types of mustard and other mustard goods manufactured though the years. There is a nice video you can stop and watch and plenty of stories to read about mustard.

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