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Visitors are welcome to explore the Ephrata Cloister Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Ephrata Cloister is closed on Mondays in January and February, and on Columbus Day, Veteranís Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Yearís Day.

Tour Schedule

Visitors on TourTours are available daily. The historic site includes a self-guided exhibit in the Visitor Center and seven historic buildings which can be viewed before or after the guided tour. The Saron (Sisitersí House) and Saal (Meetinghouse) are only available for viewing on the guided tour. Tours begin with a 15 minute orientation video and last approximately one hour. Plan to spend at least 1 Ĺ hours at the historic site.


Adults $7.00, Senior Citizens $6.50, Youth ages 6-17 $5.00, Children under age 6 are free. The Ephrata Cloister accepts cash, personal checks, travelerís checks, Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express.


Visitors will find picnic tables, ample free parking, and The Museum Store at Ephrata Cloister. Check the Calendar of Events for special programs which may require advance reservations or additional fees.

Group Visits

Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. Groups of 30 or more with advance reservations receive additional discounts. Reservations are required to accommodate groups. Please call the phone number below for current rates.


The guided tour of the Ephrata Cloister is about 2 city blocks in length. Non-English speaking visitors: Interpretive brochures are available in German, French, and Spanish. A German-speaking guide is available on a limited schedule. Please call for more information.

Special Assistance

Individuals in need of special assistance or accommodations are encouraged to a call the number below in advance to discuss their needs. Most of the historic structures have some limits for wheel chair accessibility. PA TDD relay service is available at 1-800-654-5984.

Contacting the Ephrata Cloister

Telephone: (717) 733-6600, extension 3001.
Fax: (717) 733-4364.


The Ephrata Cloister is located at 632 West Main Street in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike: take exit 286 (old exit 21) to Route 222 South. Exit at the Ephrata exit on to Route 322 West. Turn right off the exit and travel on 322 West (Main Street) for 2.5 miles. The entrance to the Ephrata Cloister is on the left side of the street.

From Lancaster: take Route 222 North to the Ephrata exit, Route 322 west. Turn left off the exit and travel on 322 West (Main Street) for 2.5 miles. The entrance to the Ephrata Cloister is on the left side of the street.

Hours and admission prices subject to change without notice.

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632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600 • Fax: (717) 733-4364

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