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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.


Summer & Fall Hours

March through August: Open seven days a week

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                       Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m.

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

Please note that the historic site is closed on November 11th (Veteran’s Day), November 25 and 26 (Thanksgiving and the Day After), December 24 and 25 (Christmas) and January 1 and 2 (New Years).

Historic Ephrata Cloister will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30; Fourth of July, Monday July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

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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