Belzoni, Mississippi: Catfish Capital, Statue, and Museum (Closed)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.
- 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.
- July 2016: museum reported closed. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Catfish Capital, Statue, and Museum
Catfish Capital, Statue, and Museum
Museum closed. The fish's pond is dried up and his skin is gone.[J Maynard, 07/25/2016]
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.
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.