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Wisconsin's Mustard Museum 
 
by Diana Bocco August 09, 2005

Want to see something different? Head to Wisconsin for a one-of-a-kind museum.

The Collection

Got an unusual, wild, uncontrollable crave for … mustard? That's right. There's a mustard museum in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Run by Barry Levenson, who started collecting jars of mustard in 1986, it now houses over 4,000 different mustards from more than 60 countries.

What's all the hype, you say? Well, it's the mustards, of course. Here you can find sweet hot mustards, fruit mustards, hot pepper mustards, horseradish mustards, and even spirit mustards. The collection includes a large variety of French and English mixes, but many other countries are also represented.

The museum also houses a large collection of vintage mustard advertisements, mustard pots, and jars, tubes, and bottles from different eras and states. Need more? Learn how Egyptians pharaohs were buried with jars of mustard and how mustard plaster is still used in alternative medicine to treat countless ailments around the world.

The Shop

Complete your visit by stopping at the museum's shop. Take a few jars of mustard, of course, but also peruse the aisles for Captain Mustard toys, some kitchen utensils, and even mustard herbal bath. Had enough? The shop also sells other gourmet food products, including salsa and dipping sauce, jams and preserves, oils, sweet treats, and traditional Wisconsin products.

The Fun

Want more? Subscribe to their free email newsletter or visit the museum on National Mustard Day (the first Saturday in August) to see how a whole town goes parade-crazy over mustard. A lot of fun for the whole family!

Opening Times

Located on 100 West Main Street, the museum is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.

Can't make it there? Order online or join the Mustard of the Month Club.

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