Monday, November 11, 2013

National Mustard Museum, Middleton, Wisconsin

Stop in at America’s favorite condiment museum

A mustard museum? Absolutely! According to Barry Levenson, founder and curator of the National Mustard Museum, you can blame it all on the Boston Red Sox. In the wee hours of October 28, 1986, after his favorite baseball team had just lost the World Series, Barry was wandering an all-night supermarket looking for the meaning of life. As he passed the mustards, he heard a voice: "If you collect us, they will come."
Photo courtesy Darren LeCount

In 1992, Levenson left his job as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin to open this most improbable museum, now one of Wisconsin’s most popular attractions. The Mustard Museum has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the popular game shows Jeopardy! and To Tell the Truth, as well as countless features on other national television and radio shows, and in major newspapers everywhere.

So, why all the fuss? Well, with more than 5,566 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries, the museum's collection of Mustard History is a sight to behold. From the exquisite Gibbons Collection of mustard pots to antique tins and jars and vintage advertisements, the National Mustard Museum is truly a shining temple to the “King of Condiments.”

Located on Hubbard Avenue in the heart of downtown Middleton, Wisconsin, the National Mustard Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (except four major holidays), and it's free. Middleton neighbors Madison to the west; is only a 45-minute drive from Wisconsin Dells; just 2-1/2 hours from Chicago; and a mere 6,978 kilometers from Dijon, France.

For more information about the National Mustard Museum, their activities, and more, click here.

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