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Ephrata Cloister

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Historic Ephrata Cloister

Preserving a Legacy of William Penn’s Holy Experiment

May 2024 Hours of Operation

Wednesday through Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tours are Available Wednesday-Saturday at:

 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM

Tours are Available on Sundays at:

12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM


Please Call to Confirm Daily Tour Times 

Times may vary daily due to site events and programs

Experience the captivating history of Historic Ephrata Cloister, a historic religious community established in 1732. Discover the unique lifestyle of its community, which fostered remarkable architecture, original music, significant publications, and extraordinary art. Originally a refuge from worldly distractions, Ephrata nurtured devoted members in a disciplined life aimed at spiritual preparation. Visit today to uncover the intriguing story of our nation’s past.

Plan Your Visit with Ease:

  • Groups of 10 people or more, please reserve at least 2 weeks in advance by calling us.
  • Group tours are typically available Wednesdays through Sundays; visit our Group Tour Page for more information.
  • For visits outside public hours, contact us to discuss arrangements.
  • Visitors requiring special assistance should contact us at least 2 weeks prior to their visit.

Note: Hours and schedules may change without notice.

Discover another place, another time, another way of life

Contact the Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Josh Shapiro, Governor – Hayley Haldeman, Chair – Andrea Lowery, Executive Director

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 or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

The Ephrata Cloister Associates is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, supporting the mission of preservation and education at this National Historic Landmark.

Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn
A Woman’s Club of Ephrata
The Historic Ephrata Cloister May Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wednesday through Saturday & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sunday. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday