I suppose that there are travelers who never see anything but the best of the best, the artsy, the elegant, the beautiful.
I’m not one of them. While I enjoy an art museum or a Broadway musical as much as the next guy, I also tend to like the quirky, the unique, the different. The stuff that’s just not good enough for everyone.
If you’re in the first category I described, you may want to stop reading now. If you’re in the latter and get a chuckle out of (or would consider purchasing) a shirt proudly promoting “Poupon U,” then you’re in the right place.
In Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, there is a museum devoted to mustard. (Get it? Poupon U?) Folks drive in from near and far, even farther than Minnesota, to this very yellow shrine to mustard called the National Mustard Museum.
There are displays of mustard–both dry and spreadable. Histories of mustard. Movies about mustard. Even the soap dispensers in the restrooms are recycled mustard containers.
Yeah, they like the yellow stuff.
Along with the mustard museum is a store selling more kinds of mustard, mustard sauces, mustard souvenirs, and other mustardly objects than you’ll probably ever see elsewhere.
Did I mention that it’s very yellow?
The best part of the National Mustard Museum is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a fun place to visit, the museum is free, and there are a lot of flavors and varieties of mustard for sale, for those people who actually do take their mustard seriously. If you can’t make it to the museum (although who wouldn’t want to go?), there are mustards and gourmet food items for sale on their website.
And those Poupon U sweatshirts?
You can get those online, too.
The National Mustard Museum is located on Hubbard Avenue in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. (I guess those of you looking for it in Mt. Horeb, its original home, will now have to head to Middleton instead.) It is open daily from 10-5.
Photo credit: minnemom on flickr