May 16, 2009

Mustard museum to open in new building

A cave-in at a building under renovation will force Wisconsin's Mustard Museum to reopen at an alternate site in Middleton, city officials said.

Plans for the museum to move from Mount Horeb to a historic building in Middleton were scrapped this week when a section of a basement wall collapsed during renovation Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. No one was injured.

The museum still is to open in November, but in a new building in Middleton, rather than the historic building, Mayor Kurt Sonnentag told the Journal in a story published Saturday.

The popular museum, which sells more than 4,000 mustards and features mustard memorabilia, was founded by lawyer Barry Levenson on Oct. 27, 1986.

Levenson's beloved Boston Red Sox had just lost the World Series to the New York Mets and a depressed Levenson went to an all-night grocery to wander the aisles, the museum's Web site said.

He turned down the condiment aisle and heard a deep resonant voice as he passed the mustards: If you collect us, they will come."

Levenson at that moment vowed to amass the world's largest collection of mustards and the rest, as they say, is history.