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
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.
Featured upcoming events:
Due to inclement weather, William Woys Weaver's presentation (3/5/15) has now been rescheduled to be added to our Making History Workshop series on Saturday May 16, 10am-12pm. Paid registration for Winter History Class guarantees admission to the event on May 16.
Charter Day (free admission!) Sunday March 8;
We are open Monday through Sunday for general visitation.
The Museum Store of the Ephrata Cloister is closed until March 5, 2015.
We are closed to observe Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600
Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor - Andrew E. Masich, Chairman 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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