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.
Summer & Fall Hours
March through August: Open seven days a week
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m.
Guided tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. 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
Please note that the historic site is closed on November 11th (Veteran’s Day), November 25 and 26 (Thanksgiving and the Day After),
December 24 and 25 (Christmas) and January 1 and 2 (New Years).
Historic Ephrata Cloister will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30; Fourth of July, Monday July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600