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  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Ephrata Cloister

The Ephrata Cloister is CLOSED.

The Ephrata Cloister, a property of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), remains closed to the public. As part of the Commonwealth’s network, the Ephrata Cloister will reopen at the direction of the Governor’s administration. 

Some of our collection is available to view online here

Activities to print can be found here.

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. 

 

 

A Householder Homecoming

Saturday, August 1, 2020
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Missed Christmas at the Cloister 2019? Don’t worry! Click for some recordings of the program.

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 www.phmc.pa.gov 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.