The Old Bronze Key is found after the events that transpire in Brookhaven Hospital in Silent Hill 2. Its location is in a buried box beneath the statue of Jennifer Carroll in Rosewater Park. The box is shut tight with a bolt and must be opened using a wrench, which can be found on the porch of a house on Lindsey Street. The key is used to unlock the door of the Silent Hill Historical Society in South Vale.
- A hack in the game can allow Maria to accompany James throughout the rest of the game. Through a cheat system or by downloading a hacked save file, the player can hack the Old Bronze Key in their inventory, allowing Maria and James to enter the Silent Hill Historical Society and skip the entire hospital level where Maria dies. However, the player must protect her extremely well as it is still game over if she dies. Humorously, she floats above Toluca Lake during the boat ride.