The Ephrata Cloister is CLOSED.
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is delaying the reopening of state-owned historic sites and museums, including Ephrata Cloister until further notice. With COVID-19 cases increasing across the country, we need to take every precaution possible to prevent a surge here in Pennsylvania. Please watch our website and social media for important updates.
View our online exhibit “Hidden Knowledge at Ephrata” here.
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.