Vote for Us!

The polls are now open. Vote for the National Mustard Museum in the annual “Best of Madison”. We made it into the finals in three categories:

It would not be unseemly of you to vote for us in all three. Only one vote per person, per category, so make it count.

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Gallery Night 10/4

The Mustard Museum is part of the MMOCA Gallery Night, Friday, October 4, 5 to 9 pm. “Art Lights Up The Night” is the theme and we are thrilled to be part of this gala event that showcases the many art venues in the greater Madison area.

In addition to the more than 6,200 mustards here at the Mustard Museum, we have one of the world’s finest collections of mustard memorabilia – tins, pots, jars, advertisements, and more. They are all works of art (if we do say so ourselves). But for many, the most important artistic treasures are the paintings by the great masters.

The Curator will be on hand to sign postcards of these artistic treasures, his children’s book, Mustard on a Pickle, and the museum’s game, Please Pass the Mustard.

We will also have the JD Wolfe Mustard Museum Pottery collection to view and purchase. Jen’s exquisite modern pottery is handmade in Wisconsin and is featured as part of our “Mustard Bites” tasting experience.

For more information on MMoCA Gallery Night, go to

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Mustard Obsession

Beacon Athletics“I am probably the first and only person in the world who has devoted his life to mustard obsession, mustard fandom, mustard love…”

Those are the words of Mustard Museum founder and curator, Barry Levenson. Yahoo! Lifestyle paid a visit to Middleton recently to catch up, errrrrrr, to talk with the Curator about all things mustard and Mustard Museum. As the article states, he’s probably tasted about 3,000 different mustards from all over the world since his obsession began — which has a story all its own. But don’t ask him which is his favorite. “It’s like asking, ‘Who’s your favorite child?’” the Curator says.

Watch a video and learn more about Barry’s mustard obsession at Yahoo! Lifestyle.

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Come See Us Any Day (almost)

There doesn’t have to be an event to visit the Mustard Museum and Gourmet Gift Shop. Just come whenever your taste buds need a jolt of something golden, something delicious… We’re open every day — just about. We’re rarely closed and our regular hours for the Museum and Gourmet Gift Shop are:

Open Daily 10 – 5 (our next scheduled “closed day” is Thursday, November 28). Look for extended hours during the holiday season — we’re always open until 8pm on the third Thursday of the month. And, of course, online store is always open, 24/7!

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Upcoming Events (there are many!)

It Starts with Strolling’ Middleton…

There are several events over the next couple weeks here at the National Mustard Museum. It all begins Friday, Sept. 6, with the “Strollin’ Middleton” mini-jazz fest in Downtown Middleton (poster above shows the entire schedule). The Mustard Museum will be open until 8:30pm with our featured artist “Lesser Lakes” at 7pm. We’ll have lots of snacks to sample and hot dogs & soft pretzels for only $1 perfect for dipping in mustard!

The Downtown Middleton Wine Walk is next up. On Thursday, September 19, downtown Middleton will host the 16th Wine Walk from 5pm to 8pm. You’ll get your wine glass and wrist band and then off you go through Historic Downtown Middleton for 18 stops — among them, the National Mustard Museum! Get your tickets now… a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Restoring Hope Transplant House in Middleton.

Learn more and get your tickets here: WINE WALK TICKETS

Then, in a few weeks, be here for our unique culinary experience. Sign up to enjoy mustard like you’ve never enjoyed it before for our “Mustard Bites: A Tasteful Adventure” on Wednesday, September 25.

This hands-on tasting and pairing event includes a cooking demo, recipes, mustard history and a tour of the Mustard Museum. Learn more about Mustard Bites here: Mustard Bites Sign up for the 9/25 event: Get Tickets

Finally, we have a Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Gallery Night from 5 – 9 pm on Friday, October 4. This unique artistic event will feature JD Wolfe Potter and our “Mustard Art” from the Museum’s very own, Barry Levenson. Don’t miss it!

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Nominate Us for the ‘BEST’…

We could use your help. As says, “Madison is an enchanted city with as many colorful characteristics as there are in the Land of Oz.”

One of those colors is, of course, yellow. Please nominate us for the Madison Magazine’s “Best of Madison” 2020. We are in three categories:

  • HOME & LIFESTYLE (Gift Shop/Specialty Store; Food);
  • FOOD & DRINK (Specialty Food Store); and

You can vote once per day per email address.

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Yes, we are obsessed with mustard. No question about it. That’s why a Yahoo film crew came to the Mustard Museum to shoot a segment on the curator’s thirty-three year obsession with the golden condiment for its series #Obsessed. We will let you know when it’s live.

The Curator may be otherwise dysfunctional but at the National Mustard Museum, but it’s only because we put the FUN back into dysFUNctional.

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Rin Tin Tin?

No, “Rin Tin Tin” was a famous movie and television dog. “Mustard Tin” is our collection of antique mustard tins and here is our latest acquisition:

“MJB” stands for its founder, Max James Brandenstein, who began selling coffee 130 years ago. Is it a fancy tin? No. Is it an elegant tin? No? Is it a mustard tin? Yes, and it’s a big one, holding a pound of dry mustard and measuring five and half inches tall. MJB is still around but they no longer sell dry mustard, only coffee.

We have 496 tins in the collection but we are our running out of room for displaying them. If you have been to the Mustard Museum, you may remember seeing many of them in a pair of old rotating display cases.

Alas, the rotating cases no longer rotate and we are in desperate need of new exhibit cases. Please help give the tins a good home with your donation to America’s Favorite Condiment Museum.

“Yo, Rinty!” (For those who remember…)

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A Food+Mustard Guide

Whatever the food, whatever the meal, we have the right mustard to make whatever you’re serving taste even better. With more than 350 different mustards in the Mustard Museum Gift Shop and online store, it’s impossible to pick just one for any particular dish, but we did.

Ask us next week and we’ll probably have different recommendations!

  • Hamburgers: RRF134 Robert Rothschild Blue Cheese Dijon
  • Hot Dogs: RAY110 Raye’s Top Dog Mustard
  • Bratwurst: HBT103 Haus Barhyte Spicy Red Jalapeno Mustard
  • Steak: KKL110 K.L. Keller Black Truffle Dijon Mustard
  • Pulled Pork: SGM500 Stormin’ Sauce by Gorman Thomas
  • Chicken/Turkey: DDC101 Daddy Cook’s Cranberry Chardonnay Mustard
  • Best Salad Dressing Ever: EFL113 Edmond Fallot Walnut Dijon
  • Fish: NBP102 Norman Bishop Dill & Garlic Mustard
  • Corned Beef (or Pastrami) Sandwich: KSK100 Kosciusko Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Baked Potato: BTJ100 Boetje’s Dutch-Style Grainy Mustard
  • Nachos: CHC105 Cherchie’s Banana Pepper Mustard
  • With Raw Veggies: DDC103 Daddy Cooks Exotic Ginger Curry Msutard
  • Sweet Potatoes: DRP100 Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard
  • Pretzels: SLN100 Slimm & Nunne Sweet & Nicely Hot Mustard
  • Potato Chips: SPR110 Sprecher Root Beer Mustard
  • Just For Fun: PMM106 Pommery Gingerbread Mustard
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Just Another Golden Day

The 29th annual National Mustard Day street festival celebration is in the books, and the 2019 edition takes its place among the others — as a rousing success. Your dedication to celebrating the King of Condiments continues to amaze. We’ll have more about Mustard Day later, but we can say this: the 2019 flavor of “mustard custard” from Culver’s — Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Mustard Custard — was the best version yet!

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