The Fifth Third Museum

Celebrating our shared heritage in Cincinnati

Since 1858, Fifth Third Bank has left an indelible signature on the people and places of Cincinnati. Now you can explore the bank’s rich heritage and legacy at the Fifth Third Bank Museum.

Explore how Fifth Third—and the city—have grown over the decades through events and connections that not only shaped the bank but also helped shape the Cincinnati community.

The Fifth Third Entrance, newspaper article

The Vault

How It All Began

Our story is still unfolding, but it began on June 17, 1858. Watch how Fifth Third got started over 160 years ago. Inside The Vault, you’ll find a featured item of Fifth Third history on display.

Current Exhibits

Our featured exhibits include:

Advertising Through the Decades

See how the bank’s advertising has evolved over time, from old print advertisements to some TV commercials you’ll probably remember.

Fifth Third Savings Account Newspaper Ad

The Legacy of George A. Schaefer, Jr.

Despite his 34-year career at Fifth Third, the man who led the bank through nearly two decades of unparalleled growth called himself an "accidental banker." Follow his story—from graduating from West Point to serving in the Vietnam War to leaving a lasting legacy at the bank and throughout the community.

George Shaefer

History Spotted Here


We're happy you spotted a historic object at your favorite Fifth Third branch or on the Signature Wall at the Fifth Third Museum. You can learn more about what you saw here.

History Spotted at our Branches

Fifth Third Museum Signature Wall

The Signature Wall features more than 25 signatures of Fifth Third Bank presidents and prominent Cincinnatians—everyone from a United States president, an astronaut, an inventor and many more who not only helped shape Fifth Third Bank but also helped the city of Cincinnati prosper.

A key to the signatures is located on the pillar in the middle of the museum. Here, you'll find details about the artifacts behind the glass panels.

The Fifth Third Signature Wall

Explore Our Timeline

Here you’ll find plenty of Fifth Third’s key moments and industry firsts that may surprise you including how the bank was the first to open branches in shopping malls and grocery stores, and the first to launch an online shared network of ATMs, named JEANIE.®

Explore Our Timeline

Two women at the timeline

Resources

The Fifth Third Museum archives contains a diverse mix of historic materials documenting the past and present of the bank, including physical objects, audio and visual media, periodicals, paintings, photographs and other bank documents. For research requests, please email us at FifthThirdMuseum@53.com. Please allow 3–5 days for a response.

Email us

A photo of a cashier's registry

Visit Us


The Fifth Third Museum is free and open to the public.

Located At:

38 Fountain Square Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45202
 

Hours

Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Friday: 10–2 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
 

To schedule group tours or appointments:

Call: 513-534-2501
Email: FifthThirdMuseum@53.com

Please note the museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

The Fifth Third Museum - Photo of Exhibits

Downloadable Museum Audio Tours

To access our audio tours, download the Fifth Third Bank Museum app, available in the App Store or Google Play.

Screenshot of the Fifth Third Museum App