Quirks & Spice and all Things Nice-The National Mustard Museum

The National Mustard Museum is the best kind of weird there is.

Located in the heart of downtown Middleton — a city known for its Good Neighbors and amazing food — is a little museum and shop solely dedicated to America’s favorite condiment.

The museum is FREE and is one of Wisconsin’s most popular tourist attractions, holding nearly 6,000 mustards from around the world. Seeing the spectacle of all those jars is reason enough to visit the museum, but there’s more to this place than mustard seed and vinegar.

Fall hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Mustardpiece Theatre

Think there’s not much to know about mustard? Think again. Downstairs in the “Mustardpiece Theater,” visitors discover the finer points of this classic condiment. Grab a seat and be prepared to learn and laugh.

The Littlest Shop with the Biggest Flavors

The National Mustard Museum store sells more different kinds of mustard than anywhere else in the country. Looking for a gift, or perhaps a little something for yourself? You can’t go wrong with mustard! Pick up a classic yellow mustard or grab an unusual flavor like Slimm & Nunne Sweet & Nicely Hot or Dillman Farm Smoky Chiptole, or international faves like Lowensenf Extra Hot (Germany), Delouis Fils Dijon (France) and Tracklements Strong English. You’ll also find chutneys, salsas, hot sauces, dessert toppings, preserves and more.

There are also hilarious novelty gifts for adults and kids, as well as T-shirts and books, including “The Art of Mustard,” created by none other than Barry Levenson himself — the mastermind behind the museum!

A Day of All Days

National Mustard Day is the first Saturday of every August and this year’s event is Aug. 7. Rain or shine, the event goes on — in fact, they created an interactive multi-day virtual event in 2020 — so be sure to mark your calendars! Plans are to keep 2021’s National Mustard Day an in-person event, practicing all health and safety precautions.

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