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While Wisconsin may be known mainly for its cheese, few people know that the National Mustard Museum exists right outside of Madison.

History of the National Mustard Museum

Founded in 1992 by former Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General, Barry Levenson, the National Mustard Museum has made such pop culture appearances as Jeopardy and the Oprah Winfrey show.

Anyone who makes mustard is likely represented at the National Mustard Museum. And with over five thousand types of mustard represented from all fifty states and over seventy countries, no one will ever have a boring hot dog again.

A great time to visit the National Mustard Museum would be during the National Mustard Day festival, which has been hosting it since 1991 on the first Saturday in August. This year’s festival will be held on August 1, 2015. Like the museum itself, the admission to the National Mustard festival if free, as well as the hot dogs that will be smothered in all that mustard.

Last year's festival saw live music from an accordion band, Poupon U. Besides the free hot dogs, there were other, more unique mustard themed foods, such as mustard custard and mustard day cookies. And just as important, proceeds from the event help charities too. While the 2015 event lineup has not been made public yet, it is sure to be a good time.

The National Mustard Museum is open year round, but begin your day by visiting the National Mustard Day Festival first, so you can do the festival and the museum in the same day.

You Will Be There in Just an Hour

Middleton is less than half hour drive from Madison, so it is an easy day trip. There are also hotel accommodations nearby for a night of relaxing after all that excitement.

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