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Dubuque, Iowa: Walk-Thru Catfish

Built of cement, its interior walls have painted-on catfish organs, and you can stick your face in its plexiglass eyes. Sometimes referred to as the "catfish anatomy house." Big, but not giant.

National Mississippi River Museum

350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, IA
National Mississippi River Museum. On the river, at the intersection of E. 3rd and Bell Sts. The catfish is outdoors, next to the small landlocked riverboat.
Gated after hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Walk-Thru Catfish

The catfish is still outside, but behind a locked fence. You have to pay admission to the museum to get inside to see it.

[Joan Cowan, 07/30/2021]

Giant catfish.

Giant Catfish

Catfish model you can walk through and see all of the organs and look out through the eyes. Located at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

[Vince, 09/29/2019]

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