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Monday: Closed, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday: Closed, Thursday: 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM, Friday: 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM

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Ephrata Cloister

Historic Ephrata Cloister will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Don’t miss the Candlelight Open House on Saturday, November 26.

The Ephrata Cloister is OPEN Thursday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4.

The Cloister is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm with the first tour at 10:30 and Sunday from 12 to 4 with the first tour at 12:30. The last tour everyday is at 3:30. We are no longer requiring tour reservations. However, tour sizes are limited, and you could choose to guarantee your tour time by making a reservation in advance by calling 717-733-6600. Otherwise, tours will be first come first served with a maximum of 15 people. Self-Guide tours continue to be available at any time.

Per Commonwealth policy, staff and volunteers are masked while inside the buildings. Visitors are encouraged to help us protect those that cannot be vaccinated by wearing a mask. Free masks are available in the Visitor Center.

Welcome to 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. 



Discover another place, another time, another way of life

Contact the Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Tom Wolf, Governor – Nancy Moses, 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.