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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.


Spring Chorus Concerts
Sunday May 7th at 4:00 pm
The Saal at Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, Pa

Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 pm
Friedens United Church of Christ
337 Main St. Oley, PA


Spring/Summer 2017 Hours
Monday – Saturday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tours available at 10:00 am, 12:00, 2:00, and 3:30 pm.

Sunday:  Noon – 5
Tours available at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm

Tour times are subject to change, we recommend that you call ahead to confirm.

Museum Store Hours
Monday – Saturday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:  Noon – 5:00 pm

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

Discover Lancaster Visitors Bureau

Pennsylvania's Americana Region

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor - Nancy Moses, Chair -
Andrea Lowery, 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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