Midwest Living Review
The National Mustard Museum strikes the perfect balance between classy and quirky. For years it was the signature attraction in the small town of Mount Horeb, but the Madison suburb of Middleton lured the museum to its attractive downtown a couple years ago, and the new digs in a historic stone building suit the museum well. The ground floor is really just a large gift shop devoted to mustard in all its myriad forms and flavors: spicy, sweet, stone-ground, spiked with wasabi, chipotle, horseradish, jalapeno or garlic. Polished wood floors and attractive shelving show off thousands of jars, and a small snack bar sells soft pretzels and other mustard-friendly foods. Downstairs, a museum shows off even more varieties of mustard ("The Great Wall of Mustard"), tons of antique mustard pots, and a few simple displays and a video ("The Mustardpiece Theatre") explain the condiment's history. The owner's genuine passion for mustard is obvious, but his great sense of humor ("Friend don't let friend eat K-----p!" warns one T-shirt) is what really makes this free museum fun. The annual National Mustard Festival, held each August, is a riot, with free hot dogs, mustard art for the kids and Culver's signature frozen mustard custard with chocolate-covered pretzels. Yum.