Museum founder and curator, Barry Levenson, blames the Boston Red Sox for the creation of the National Mustard Museum. According to Levenson’s story, after the sox lost the World Series of Baseball in 1986, he was sulking in a grocery store when he passed the mustards and an idea struck him suddenly to start collecting mustards.
In 1992, Levenson quit his day job as an Assistant Attorney General and opened the museum on April 5. The museum has since been featured on many popular daytime talk shows and gameshows. The museum features mustards from every state in the country and 70 other countries worldwide. In 2010, The National Mustard Museum began hosting the Annual Mustard Festival in downtown Middleton which draws hundreds of people to the area.
With more than 5,676 different kinds of mustards total, the National Mustard Museum proves that mustard is the king of the condiments. The museum also offers free admission to everyone, but does suggest leaving donations in the box or making a purchase in the giftshop which is also accessible online.
The exhibits at the Nationals Mustard Museum include over 5,624 mustards from every state and 70 countries across the world including all South American countries. There is also a vast amount of mustard memorabilia such as the Gibbons Collection which has been part of the permanent collection since 2000 and showcases antique mustard pots.
Many people bring mustard gifts to the museum from their travels such as Trale Bardell who travelled to South America on his motorcycle and came back with mustard like Barcatti Mostaza. Become a friend of the National Mustard Museum by donating your mustard or memorabilia to the museum and have your name and story told on the Friend of the Mustard Museum wall.
“Canada is the World’s Mustard” is one of the newest exhibits in the permanent collection. This exhibit tells the story of the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission, the largest exporter of mustard seed in the world. Other exhibits include The Great Wall of Mustard that features all 5,624 mustards, Mustard Ads, vintage mustards, and ornate mustard jars. National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin - Photo: National Mustard Museum