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One of America's earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families.

At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister. Today, the National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and on-going research opportunities.


Winter History Class
Schedule Changes

Due to weather cancelations, changes to the posted schedule of History Class talks will change.  Please call the historic site for details.

Charter Day
Sunday, March 12
Noon to 5:00 pm
Free Admission to celebrate the founding of Pennsylvania
Ephrata Cloister Chorus performs at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm
Limited seating available on a first come, first serve basis.


Winter Hours
January 1 through March 13

Thursday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 5:00 pm

The Museum Store is open Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Guided tours at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3:30 pm except Sunday.
Sunday guided tours: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.

Tour times are subject to change: We recommend you call ahead to confirm.

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600

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Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor - Nancy Moses, Chair -
James M. Vaughan, Executive Director

With generous support from the Ephrata Cloister Associates
a non-profit membership organization

Ephrata Cloister is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History.
For more information or to request a free 24-page visitor guide, visit
www.phmc.state.pa.us or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

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