The Cobalt Military Bunker Museum opened to the public in 1990 in the old Ontario Northland train station, but its humble beginnings actually stretch back to the end of WWII. James “Jim” Jones, a WWII veteran, returned from active duty with an assortment of artifacts and memorabilia. For years, Jim displayed
his collection in the basement of his home. In 1989 Jim’s collection moved into the ONR station ensuring more people would be able to enjoy it.
In 2010 plans for a new location in the Fraser Hotel Block started. Designed from the ground up using museum standards for construction and materials the new museum boasts 5300 square feet of exhibit space. Opened to the public in 2012, the renewed Cobalt Military Bunker Museum is one of the largest galleries in the north.
The unique collection on display consists of artifacts from the Boer War to present day conflicts and includes items from around the world. Canadian, American, German, Italian, Russian, French and items from many other nations are prominently displayed.