Historic Ephrata Cloister
Preserving a Legacy of William Penn’s Holy Experiment
Since its start in 1732, the Historic Ephrata Cloister has attracted visitors fascinated by the community’s unique lifestyle that allowed the creation of incredible architecture, original music, significant publications, and remarkable art. Originally, Ephrata was a retreat from worldly distractions where devoted members followed a disciplined life designed to prepare them for a heavenly existence. Today, you can explore the surviving historic site and discover the history and culture of an intriguing story in the nation’s past.
Groups of 10 or more people are asked to make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance by calling the site. Groups interested in visiting outside listed public hours should call the historic site to discuss their needs.
Visitors in need of special assistance should call at least 2 weeks in advance to discuss their needs.
Hours and schedules subject to change without notice.
PLEASE NOTE: Ephrata Cloister will be closed for daytime tours December 26th – 31st.