The Condimental Divide
No visit to Southern Wisconsin and the Madison Area is complete without spending some time in Middleton … the home of the internationally infamous National Mustard Museum. Some call it the “Condimental Divide”. It’s where thousands of mustard enthusiasts each year leave those ketchup-eaters at the pass, and reach the summit of mustard love at the Mustard Museum.
The centerpiece collection at the Museum is an ever-growing display of prepared mustards, currently more than 5,566 jars, bottles, and tubes from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Also on display are hundreds of items of great mustard historical importance, including antique mustard pots, mustard tins, vintage mustard advertisements, and assorted mustard memorabilia.
Learn. Taste. Shop. Laugh!
LEARN. Discover the magic of mustard in the MustardPiece Theatre. Travel the globe to the mustard fields of Canada, the sausage carts of Germany, the elegant restaurants of France, and to England’s venerable Colman Mustard Company. Pay attention, you’ll want to test your new-found knowledge with the Curator’s interactive Food Quiz Game. Then learn how you can add mustard to your everyday diet with cooking tips & recipes from Mrs. Mustard’s Kitchen.
TASTE. Sample hundreds of mustards at our Tasting Bar. From the sublimely sweet to the scary hot, your taste buds will thank you. With the help of our Confidential Condiment Counselors you’ll find the mustards most condimentally compatible with you. Chocolate, blue cheese, cranberry, tequila, wasabi … so many deliciously exotic flavors to try and buy. Taste ’til you drop!
SHOP. We sell more different mustards at the Museum Gift Shop than anywhere else on the planet. And because man does not live by mustard alone, our dazzling mustards are only the beginning. From a flavorful assortment of Gourmet Delicacies you can select chutneys, salsas, hot sauces, dessert toppings, and preserves. You’ll also find Souvenirs & Gifts with the latest mustard fashions, mustard-making supplies, and accessories. Remember, the Museum online store is always open!
LAUGH! See why we’re on the National Registry of Hysterical Places. The absurd is always just around the corner. Don’t be surprised if our staff bursts into a hearty rendition of “Roll Out the Mustard”. And the Curator has been known to recite some of the many mustard passages from Shakespeare. It’s all part of the famously fabulous National Mustard Museum.
The best part? Admission is FREE!
Admission to the National Mustard Museum is FREE … although the best way for the Museum to remain free is to encourage visitors to drop a donation in our Donation Box, make a tasty purchase in the Museum’s Gift Shop or online store, or make a donation online. Help us keep the mustard flowing for generations to come!
Standard Hours of Operation
The National Mustard Museum & Gift Shop is typically open 7 days a week, 10 am to 5 pm — except New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. DURING THE WINTER WE ARE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS (Jan 2 – Mar 28, 2017). View our Hours of Operation for special winter hours.