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Museum Council of Lancaster County.


We close to observe the following holidays: Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day.

Visitors are welcome to explore the Ephrata Cloister:

January – February: Wednesday – Saturday 9 – 5; Sunday noon – 5
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

March-December: Monday – Saturday 9 – 5  and Sunday noon – 5
Open 7 days a week

Tour Schedule
Admission to the historic site includes an introductory video, an exhibit in the Visitor Center, and nine historic buildings which can be explored by self-guided and cell phone tours.  Guided tours (which are included in the admission price) of the Sister’s dormitory (1743) and Meetinghouse (1741) are available Wednesday through Saturday at 10am, 12pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm and Sundays at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm Guided tours on Mondays and Tuesday vary and we recommend you call ahead (717-733-6600) for times on these two days

Tours are available daily. Please call for tour times during winter hours.The Saron (Sisters’ 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 2 hours at the historic site.

General Admission
Adults (ages 12-64) $10.00, Senior Citizens (ages 65 and above) and motor clubs (such as AAA) $9.00, Youth (ages 3-11) $6.00, Children under age 3 are free. The Ephrata Cloister accepts cash, personal checks, traveler’s checks, Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express. (Special Events may have a different fee schedule)

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.

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.

Non-English speaking visitors: Interpretive brochures are available in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russian. A German-speaking guide is available on a limited schedule. Please call for more information.

Contacting the Ephrata Cloister
Telephone: (717) 733-6600
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.

Photography for personal use only is permitted on the grounds of the Ephrata Cloister, subject to the following limitations:
-No photography requiring flash or additional lighting sources is permitted inside
any structure.
-No video or audio recording devices are permitted on the guided tour.
-No tripods or other camera support devices are permitted in the buildings.
-Use of the historic site as a backdrop for wedding, graduation, or family photos, or other such photos requires an admission fee to the grounds, and a signed Location release, regardless of whether or not you take advantage of the tour or other programs offered during business hours. Pre-arrangements for such photographs are encouraged.

All commercial photography or video taping requires advance approval.

Members of the media are encouraged to notify the site in advance of your visit.

For full photography guidelines, please see the Photography Policy.

Area Attractions
Lodging, dining, shopping, and other attractions: – The Hurst House Bed and Breakfast – Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast - Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association - Historic Schoeneck Hotel Bed and Breakfast– Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce – PA Dutch Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – Hershey-Capital Region Visitor Bureau – Lititz area information – Hershey area visitor information – Green Dragon Farmer’s Market – Ten Thousand Villages International Gifts and Tea Room – Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast - Country Inn and Suites, Manheim – Eden Resort Inn – Furnace Hills Bed and Breakfast – Kimmell House Bed and Breakfast – Mennonite Information Center - Hampton Inn here in Ephrata - Authentic Bed and Breakfasts in Lancaster County

Museums and Historical Organizations: – PA Historical and Museum Commission – PA Heritage Society – Museums of Lancaster County – Lancaster County Historical Society – Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society – PA German Society – Historical Society of Pennsylvania - Brethren Historical Society and Archives – Muddy Creek Farm Library – Seventh Day Baptist information – Pennsylvania Trail of History

Community Services:  --All In One Tours – Ephrata Borough – Brunswick Tours – Elite Coach – Ephrata National Bank – Martin’s Studio Photography – Buch Church Organ Company  –Susquehanna Bank

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