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  • Ephrata Cloister

    Reopening Information

The Ephrata Cloister is committed to the safety of its staff and visitors. Adjustments to operations at the historic site have been made to provide a safe environment for visitors, volunteers, and staff to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The Cloister is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 12 to 4. Starting July 8, the Cloister will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4pm and Sunday from 12 to 4pm.
Visitors, staff, and volunteers may continue to wear masks on our properties if they so wish, but it is no longer a requirement.

During the year that this historic site has been closed, many visitors have enjoyed walking the historic ground at no cost. Beginning April 30, admission to the grounds and historic buildings will again be charge during open hours for access to the site for touring and photography, just as had been the case before the closure. Access to the historic site is always free to current members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates, the non-profit group who supports the activities and operates The Museum Store at Ephrata Cloister. The Museum Store will again return to open hours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Information on joining the Ephrata Cloister Associates can be found here

The Virtual Ephrata Academy programs, held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., will continue, along with virtual school programs. Virtual Homeschool Days are scheduled for April 14 and May 14

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 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.

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