The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults!  Contact us for additional information!; 717-733-6600.

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Every second Wednesday of the month; upcoming: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
10:00am to 11:00am

Bring your preschooler and join us for a different story each month followed by a craft or activity related to the story. From ABCs, colonial inspired nursery rhymes, gardens, to other themes and images of the history of the Ephrata Cloister, we'll cover a wide range of topics and activities! A parent or guardian must accompany children. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years); $3 for each additional child- this includes general admission fees! FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level. FREE if you show a Museum Pass from the Lancaster County Library System the day of the program.


Making History Workshops
November 22, December 13
10:00am to noon

Perfect for those that enjoy DIY activities our weekend workshops combine conversation, tradition, and crafts. November 22: Make a small work of cross stitch embroidery inspired by Sister Petronella's 1768 sampler & on December 13th print and operate our press to create copies of the original 1769 Cloister Christmas greeting in our Printing Office. $10 for members of Ephrata Cloister Associates, $15 for non-members.


Christmas at the Cloister
Featuring the Ephrata Cloister Chorus with musical group Seasons
Monday and Tuesday December 8 & 9, 2014
6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm each night

$6 tickets. Seating is limited and advance tickets are required. Tickets are available to Ephrata Cloister Associate members beginning November 1, 2014. Tickets available for general purchase in the Museum Store on November 8th. No member discount is available for the program. All tickets available by calling to reserve or walk-in to the Museum Store to purchase.

A select number of tickets are available to purchase online for the 7:45pm & 9:00pm performances through Eventbrite. An additional surcharge of $1.32 is added to online purchases.

Eventbrite - Christmas at the Cloister

Seasons will be joining the Ephrata Cloister Chorus for several of the musical selections during Christmas at the Cloister. The group creates a fusion of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass music on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, and more. Drawing on an ever-expanding variety of influences, their original music has been featured on both national radio and television, including the show Life on the Rock and Fox and Friends. In addition, Seasons has written music for multiple theatrical productions and independent films.


The Great Comet Lantern Tours 2014
Fridays and Saturdays December 26, 27, January 2, 3

These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the year 1743 the year of the Great Comet! Each year offers a new story with a cast of Junior and Senior High School teens, our very own Student Historians! Reservations can be made by calling the visitor center beginning December 1, 2014. $10 adults, $9 seniors ages 65+, $7 youth ages 6-11, $5 for ages 3-5, under the age of 3, free. Discount for members.


Young Curators of Our Community
January 24, 2015
1-3pm. $6 for one child and one parent. $3 for each additional participant.
Pre-Registration by January 17, 2015
Recommended grade/student levels: PreK-Grade 8
Free for ECA Family Members and Ephrata Public Library Museum Pass holders at time of registration.

Do you like to collect things like rocks, shells, toys, badges, etc.? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create your own display to show off what you like to collect? Meet our curator and education staff! Learn from our staff the basics for exhibiting a collection and share it with visitors to the Ephrata Cloister! We'll share with you ideas, formats, and tips on exhibiting and maintaining your collection!

Bring your own questions about what it's like to work in a museum! Each participating child will receive a prize related to the field of the collection and/or child's interests. At least one parent or guardian must accompany his/her child. A table, chairs, and an assortment of labeling supplies plus instruction will be provided to you. The Ephrata Cloister is not responsible for missing, stolen, or damaged artifacts in your collection throughout the duration of the event.


Winter History Class 2015
Thursdays starting January 26 through March 19
9:00am to Noon each day
$40 one time fee for members; $50 non-members; $8 for individual weekly sessions
Light Refreshments provided

Winter History Class brings scholars, volunteers, staff, and members of the public together to explore the history of Historic Ephrata Cloister, the wider PA German world, local and early PA history! A day long field trip at an additional cost finishes the program at the end of March.
2015 presenters include but are not limited to:
Food Historian William Woys Weaver on PA German Kitchen Gardens
Historian Dr. Ken Miller on Revolutionary War Prisoners in Lancaster
Ephrata Cloister Curator of Collections Kerry Mohn on Ephrata Post Cards
Ephrata Cloister Guide Supervisor Nick Siegert on Ephrata's Sisters' other communal buildings
Ephrata Cloister Educator & Museum Program Facilitator Michael Showalter and Rebecca Lawrence on Ephrata's Wallcharts.


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