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Monday: Closed, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday: 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM, Thursday: 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM, Friday: 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM — 4:00 PM
  • Ephrata Cloister


Get Involved

Our warm and friendly spirit at the Ephrata Cloister began with the charity and welcoming efforts of the 18th century Sisters, Brothers, and Householder community members. It continues today where their history lives on because of our volunteers.

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities:

  • Tour Guide
  • Museum Store Assistant
  • School Program & Historic Demonstrators
  • Visitor Services / Front Desk Associate
  • Chorus Member
  • Landscape/Gardeners (Check out the Butterfly Garden
  • Special Events Assistants including Event Rental and Wedding Assistants
  • Library & Collection Volunteers

To learn more about volunteering at the Historic Ephrata Cloister contact us at 717-733-6600 or For inquiries into our internship program, please direct correspondence to Elizabeth Bertheaud.


Teens are encouraged to join our Student Historian program, an after school program that teaches interpretive skills, engages creative practices in arts, history, and theater, and assists with special events year round. Teens 14 through age 18 are permitted to enroll for a $15 annual membership fee. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bertheaud,

Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations

Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations are welcome to contact us. We provide opportunities for corporate volunteer teams, return to work programs, and serve as a work site for adults with special needs. Please contact Elizabeth Bertheaud at

Volunteer of the Year 2023 – Douglas Gehr



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