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Welcome to Historic Ephrata Cloister
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.
From January 2 through March 13 Historic Ephrata Cloister is open Friday 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.
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.
Groups interested in visiting outside public hours can call the historic site to discuss their needs.
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.