The Cobalt Mining Museum strives to preserve as much of Cobalt’s past as possible and boasts the world’s largest display of native silver ore. Some samples of Cobalt silver are on permanent loan to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
There is also a wonderful display of various mineral samples which when viewed under black light present a rich array of colours. This is the only such display north of Toronto.
The Mayor’s Chain of Office is displayed at the museum and was donated by Mayor H.H. Lang, a mine owner who was the first mayor of Cobalt. It weighs about four pounds according to our current mayor.
The mining museum owns a number of artifacts and photographs dating back to the early days of the silver rush. Over 6000 photographs have been digitized for their collection.
The museum displays several original paintings by Richard Ferrier depicting local mine head frames. These were donated to the museum by the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame to commemorate 100 years of silver in 2003.
It also houses an extensive collection of mining books, maps and articles pertaining to the mining history of the area in the Ignatius MacDonald Library Cultural artifacts from Cobalt history are also on display and souvenirs are available at the gift shop.
The Mining Museum is situated on 24 Silver Street.
CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER DUE TO COVID19