The Ephrata Cloister is CLOSED.
Due to the Governor’s order regarding COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) offices throughout the state are closed. Staff continues to work remotely. PHMC’s historic sites and museums, including the Ephrata Cloister, will remain closed until further notice.
The Ephrata Cloister will be open Monday– Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with guided tours at 10:00 am ,12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm, and Sundays 12:00 pm-5:00 pm with guided tours at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
Admission to the historic site includes an introductory video, access to the grounds, 7 original self-guided buildings, self-guided phone tours, and guided tours. Guided tours begin with an orientation video and last about one hour. Plan to spend at least an hour and a half during your visit to the historic site. Special events may have a different tour schedule. Call in advance for details.
Exhibits in the Visitor Center and The Museum Store are open at no charge.
A brochure and a cell phone tour allow you to explore Ephrata Cloister at your own pace. Round out your visit by joining one of our knowledgeable guides who will lead you on a guided tour (included with admission) for a tour of the interior of the two most significant original buildings, the Sisters’ House and the Meetinghouse. (The interior of these two buildings are only accessible on guided tours.)
Visitors will find picnic tables, ample free parking, and The Museum Store at Ephrata Cloister. Check the Calendar of Events for special programs which may require advance reservations or additional fees.
The guided tour requires walking about 2 city blocks. Seating is available at each of the tour stops. The Visitor Center and much of the historic site is accessible by wheelchair. A wheelchair is available to borrow at no cost. Because of the historic nature of the original buildings, many of the doorways are narrow and may not accommodate some personal wheelchairs. Wheelchairs, rollators, and walkers cannot access parts of the Sisters’ House. A small step or two is required for entrance or inside some buildings. Seating is available throughout the historic site and in the historic buildings. A book of color photographs showing all exhibition rooms in each of the historic buildings is available at the Visitor Center.
Individuals in need of special assistance should call the Ephrata Cloister at (717)733-6600 or the Pennsylvania TDD relay service at (800) 654-5984 in advance to discuss their needs. If possible, a one week notice of the visit will help us to best prepare for visitors with special needs.
Non-English speaking visitors
Interpretive brochures are available in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Russian
Map & Directions
The Ephrata Cloister is located at 632 West Main Street in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
Photography for personal use only is permitted on the grounds of the Ephrata Cloister, subject to the following limitations:
- No photography requiring flash or additional lighting sources is permitted inside any structure.
- No video or audio recording devices are permitted on the guided tour.
- No tripods or other camera support devices are permitted in the buildings.
- Use of the historic site as a backdrop for wedding, graduation, or family photos, or other such photos requires an admission fee to the grounds, and a signed Location Release, regardless of whether or not you take advantage of the tour or other programs offered during business hours. Pre-arrangements for such photographs are encouraged.
All commercial photography or video taping requires advance approval. Members of the media are encouraged to notify the site in advance of your visit. For full photography guidelines, please see the Photography Policy.