Planning a Visit Virtual Tour Map/Directions Events Online Store News MIssion, Vision and Values

Amplify your membership gift with a contribution to our annual fund

When Conrad Beissel established the Ephrata Cloister in 1732, scarcely could he have imagined that the seed of his work would survive to captivate minds and inspire hearts of future generation. Ever since the first curious visitors arrived in 1736 people from around the globe have come to learn of the Cloister’s people and their accomplishments. Just as the treasures of Ephrata required dedication to create, they require an equal commitment for their continued preservation.

Today, a special community of people called the Ephrata Cloister Associates helps to preserve the heritage of this historic site and share its stories. Through their effort, the non-profit group helps to support the continuing legacy of Ephrata.

  • original artifacts are returned to the collections
  • school programs educate visiting youth about the history of the early community
  • volunteers share their time and talents as guides, and as part of special programs such as the Ephrata Cloister Chorus, the Student Historians, and The Museum Store
  • scholars continue to probe the records to learn more about the intriguing past

For nearly half a century the Ephrata Cloister Associates have supported the continued preservation of the historic site. With their dedication, Ephrata continues to be a place which offers refreshment for the soul.

Join the Ephrata Cloister Associates
All members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates receive free year-round admission to the Ephrata Cloister (except for selected special programs), a 10% discount in The Museum Store, 20% off in December, the Chronicon newsletter issued 4 times a year, and special invitations and opportunities for members.

Our Ephrata Cloister Associates publication, The Chronicon, is available to view online. Members receive complimentary printed copies.

2015/16 New Membership Rates and Categories

College/University Student $20.00
Receives all the benefits listed above

Individual: $30.00
Senior Individual (60+): $25.00
Receives all the benefits listed above

Contributing: $45.00
Senior Contributing (60+): $45.00
Two persons in the same household with all the benefits listed above.

Family and/or Grand-Family: $55.00  
Two adults and up to 4 children or grandchildren household under age 17, with all the benefits listed above.

Patron: $150.00
All the benefits listed above for a Family Membership plus YOUR CHOICE of 2 tickets to Christmas at the Cloister OR 2 tickets to Lantern Tours.

Business Recreational Membership: $200.00
Designed for retirement/assisted living communitites to access the recreational aspects of the Ephrata Cloister. This membership category entitles residents (when visiting as a group activity) to access the grounds of the Historic Ephrata Cloister for recreational purposes. Not valid during certain special events and programs.

Business Sponsor: $200.00
All the benefits listed above for a Family Membership plus 2 tickets to Christmas at the Cloister AND 2 tickets to Lantern Tours.

Benefactor $500.00
All the benefits listed above for a Family Membership plus 4 tickets to Christmas at the Cloister AND 4 tickets to Lantern Tours.


To become or renew your membership please contact the Ephrata Cloister or select the appropriate membership category below to securely pay online to support the continuing work of preserving this important historic site.

Membership Levels & Rates

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600
Ephrata1732@gmail.com