Belzoni, Mississippi: Catfish Capital, Statue, and Museum

The "Catfish Capital of the World" because of its industry of US farm-raised catfish. Museum tells the story of catfish, from "fingerling to frying pan." The world's largest catfish statue, King Cat, is 40+ ft. long.

Catfish Museum

Address:
West St., Belzoni, MS
Directions:
The museum is on the south side of town, on the east side of West St. between W. Jackson and South Sts. The big Catfish -- a mesh model -- floats above a pond next door.
Hours:
M-F 9 am - noon, 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
662-247-4838
Admission:
Free.
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Catfish sculpture. King Cat Sculpture - Catfish Museum

I was all tingly with excitement about seeing the Catfish Museum, but I arrived at 12:20 PM and the museum is closed for lunch from noon to 1 PM. So all I got to do was peek through the museum windows like a peeping Tom.

As a consolation, I was able to snap a picture of "King Cat," a large catfish sculpture blowing water out of its chicken wire head. At over 40 feet long, King Cat is twice as long as a great white shark.

[John Takao Collier, 12/28/2013]

We're no experts, but we suspect that catfish really don't have blowholes like whales.

Catfish Capital And Museum

Really great! Worth the stop. Don't forget to check out the catfish statues around town. There is a World Catfish Festival April 10.

[Chris Gemlo, 04/02/2010]

Calls itself the "Catfish Capital of the World" because of its industry of US farm raised catfish. The visitors center/museum tells the story of the catfish, from "fingerling to frying pan." The world's largest catfish statue, King Cat, is a wire-frame fountain sculpture over 40-ft. long.

Catfish Museum. Catfish Museum

Museum extolling the virtues of farm-raised catfish: both as an economic benefit to the community and as a healthy food source for your family.

[Jennifer Coats, 06/18/2009]

Humphreys County calls itself the Catfish Capital of the World.

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