Middleton, Wisconsin: National Mustard MuseumBarry Levenson, self-proclaimed King of Mustard, displays over 3,000 varieties in his museum. Difficult to say which is more lovingly showcased: the mustard, or Barry.
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Last year my boyfriend and I were driving around southern Wisconsin, when we found ourselves on Main St. in Mt. Horeb. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a museum dedicated to mustard! We just had to go in, to my boyfriend's dismay. It turned out to be a wonderful, kitschy find. An entire two walls --floor to ceiling -- of mustards from around the world, divided by country. There were videos to watch about mustard, and additional displays on making mustard, not to mention all the tasting you could do inside the gift shop.[Jessie Petella, 07/04/2006]
Museum houses over 3,250 types of mustards with antique mustard pots and mustard exhibits. In the gift shop, the mustard enthusiast can purchase mustards, books about mustards and various "POUPON U" merchandise. With this merchandise, one is identified as a student at that great university where courses like "The Ecodynamics of Mustard Management" are taught by the self-proclaimed King of Mustard (and curator of the museum), Barry Levenson. This esteemed gentleman is also available to bring his interactive and informative presentation, which includes a tasting of exotic mustards (it appears he'll taste them if you don't) to your meeting or special dinner, to add a little "spice" to the event. With his zany style, he says he's a speaker who really does "cut the mustard."[Cathy Dobbratz, 03/20/2005]
An ex-attorney and mustard afficianado opened the museum in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, a small town in the southwestern part of the state. It occupies two storefronts on the main street of town and houses mustards and hot sauces from all over the galaxy! Ever try chocolate fudge mustard? You can, and many more as they have many to sample. Don't look for the ketchup or mayo, these are bad words at the museum. Just about everything is available for purchase, even the clever "Poupon U" clothing and accessories to an official interest in the museum. Buy a gumball from the machine right inside the door and if it's a yellow one, win a small jar of mustard! Hilarious catalogs are available at the store and on the web at www.mustardmuseum.com. Come and spend a few minutes and you'll probably leave in over an hour![Al, 03/19/2002]
This small museum makes a serious effort to collect every kind of mustard ever made, as well as mustard serving implements, jars. The place is crammed. Some of the displays are worth noting -- antiques and odd shaped jars, many containing residues of 150 year old mustard. They also sell a wide selection of mustards from domestic and foreign sources, plus souvenirs. They do ship orders. If you show up around lunchtime, there's a bar & grill across the street with a selection of these condiments you can use to decorate your burger -- try before you buy. Don't leave without picking up a copy of their newsletter, The Proper Mustard. It includes mustard inspired fiction, editorials on how the world's problems could be solved with mustard, condiment related news articles ("Ketchup misunderstanding lands man in jail.") and the like.[Andre Guirard, 10/21/2001]
National Mustard Museum
- 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI
- West side of downtown, at the corner of Hubbard Ave. and Parmenter St. Take US 12/Beltline Hwy exit 251A, then turn east onto University Ave. Drive two blocks, turn right onto Parmenter St., then drive two blocks south.
- Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)