The Southwestern Historical Wax Museum was founded by W. Thomas Bolton,
John A. Prather, and J. C. Brown. The museum's exhibits included figures
of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and also a collection of firearms
once owned by the outlaws. By 1972 the museum had moved to its Grand
Prairie location. A fire destroyed it in 1988.
Renamed The Wax Museum of the Southwest, the institution originally
opened in the Varied Industries Building at Fair Park, Dallas, in September
1963. In January 1989, after the fire, the owners of the museum, Classic
Attractions,Inc., announced the construction of a new wax museum on the
site of the old museum. They renamed it the Palace of Wax.