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.
Ephrata Cloister will be closed on December 25th and 26th
Due to evening programs, December 27th – 31st, no guided tours will be available during the day.
January and February
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 5:00 pm
Guided tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. 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
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600