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10 offbeat food museums

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 20, 2012, 9:16 a.m.
National Mustard Museum

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National Mustard Museum

Exalted edible: Prepared yellow condiments

Location: Middleton, Wis.

Don’t go home without a … Poupon U Pennant

While there’s no doubt a few dedicated condiment connoisseurs out there, when it comes to yellow-colored sandwich spreads, former Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Barry Levenson takes the cake hot dog. At the National Mustard Museum, Levenson’s collection of more than 5,300 prepared mustards amassed from all 50 states and 60 different countries (the latest export is from Uruguay) and mustard-related memorabilia are proudly on display as part of the Great Wall of Mustard. The museum, which opened to the public in 1992 as the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum and relocated to more spacious digs in Middletown, Wis., in 2009, is also home to a tasting bar staffed by “Confident Condiment Counselors,” Mrs. Mustard’s Kitchen, gift shop and, last but not least, the Mustardpiece Theatre.