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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.

Featured upcoming events:
Young Curators of our Community rescheduled February 28;
Charter Day (free admission!) Sunday March 8;

Our Winter Schedule:
Until March, we are open Wednesday through Sunday for general visitation. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays but open for group and school reservations only. Please call 717.733.6600 for more information.
The Museum Store of the Ephrata Cloister is closed during the months of January and February.

We are closed to observe Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

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

Go Greater Reading Visitors Bureau

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor - Andrew E. Masich, Chairman
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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