America's earliest religious communities, the Ephrata
Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking
spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Gathered in
unique European style buildings, the community consisted of
celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of
At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about
300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister. Today, the
National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special
programs, and on-going research opportunities.
Winter History Class
Due to weather cancelations, changes to the posted schedule of History Class talks will change.
Please call the historic site for details.
Sunday, March 12
Noon to 5:00 pm
Free Admission to celebrate the founding of Pennsylvania
Ephrata Cloister Chorus performs at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm
Limited seating available on a first come, first serve basis.
January 1 through March 13
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 5:00 pm
The Museum Store is open Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Guided tours at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 3:30 pm except Sunday.
Sunday guided tours: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.
Tour times are subject to change: We recommend you call ahead to confirm.
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600