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Monday: Closed, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday: 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM, 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

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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. 

Historic Ephrata Cloister is open Wednesday from noon to 4:00 pm for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The first guided tour begins 30 minutes after opening.

Groups of 10 or more people are asked to make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance by calling the site. Groups interested in visiting outside listed public hours should call the historic site to discuss their needs.

Visitors in need of special assistance should call at least 2 weeks in advance to discuss their needs.

Hours and schedules subject to change without notice.

Discover another place, another time, another way of life

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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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn