Get Directions
Find Us
Call for Tour Times
(717) 733-6600
  • Ephrata Cloister


Continuing research at the Ephrata Cloister offers new information and interpretation of this community. The site maintains a small research library that is open weekdays by appointment only. Limited genealogical materials are available in the site library. The staff is unable to answer genealogical queries, but can provide some advice on available sources. Appointments to access the library or collections should be made with the Curator by calling the historic site at (717) 733-6600. 

The Ephrata Cloister maintains a rich collection of original artifacts including furniture, printed books, manuscripts, baskets and ceramics. Most artifacts, excluding paper items, are on exhibit in the historic buildings. Scholars wishing to study the artifacts should contact the Curator by calling the historic site (717) 733-6600.

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Josh Shapiro, Governor – Hayley Haldeman, 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.

Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn
A Woman’s Club of Ephrata
The Historic Ephrata Cloister Summer Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wed. through Sat. & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sun. OPEN 9am-8pm Thurs. July 25th for Twilight Hours. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday.