Belzoni, Mississippi: Catfish Capital, Statue, and MuseumThe "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.
- West St., Belzoni, MS
- 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.
- M-F 9 am - noon, 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Catfish Capital, Statue, and 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.
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.
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.