Wisconsin Has A Mustard Museum Thanks To The Red Sox Losing The World Series
This is taking your love of a condiment to the next level.
The National Mustard Museum at 7747 Hubbard Ave. in Middleton, Wis., is dedicated to showcasing what the world has to offer when it comes to the topping.
What Makes Someone Collect Mustard?
The museum claims to be "home to the world's largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia."
If you're expecting to see a mustard selection the size of what you'd see in a grocery store, you couldn't be further from the truth.
The museum boasts a collection of more than 6,000 different mustards. According to its website, the collection is valued at $120,000.
Museum curator and self-proclaimed Chief Mustard Officer Barry Levenson told NPR he started his collection in 1986.
"My beloved Boston Red Sox lost the World Series," he said in the interview. "Decided I needed a hobby to get over my depression. That's the morning I began collecting jars of mustard."
Levenson finally decided commit to his mustard obsession in 1992 when he stepped away from his job as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin to focus on opening the museum according to its website.
What Is There To See At The National Mustard Museum?
Today, the museum is more than just a bunch of jars of mustard. Visitors can enjoy entertainment from MustardPiece Theatre or even get mustard-related cooking tips.
There is also a tasting bar where the museum promises to connect you with a Confidential Condiment Counselor to find the perfect mustard and food pairings for your palate.
The National Mustard Museum is non-profit and costs nothing to visit. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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