Ephrata Cloister

 Ephrata cloister front

One of America’s earliest communities, the Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers, led by Johann Beissel, who were seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. We are pleased to share this historical landmark with the residents of Lancaster County.

Elizabeth Bertheaud, Historic Site Administrator, “When I was a child, libraries meant story-time and wonderfully illustrated books to take home to read with my mother. As I got older I began to realize that history is simply a series of stories strung together which form our past, our collective heritage. Historic Ephrata Cloister is very excited to bring the story of Ephrata to local residents and their children and grandchildren through the Library System of Lancaster County’s Family Museum Pass Program.”

To read more about the Ephrata Cloister, visit www.ephratacloister.org

The Museum Pass is loaned to any Lancaster County adult with a valid public library card.
Family Museum Passes are available at all 17 public libraries and the Bookmobile.

Museum Pass Circulation Guidelines:

  • Adult check-out only
  • One week circulation (see Museum Hours)
  • Reserves are allowed from any library including bookmobile
  • Due to the popularity of this service, museum passes are not eligible for renewal.
  • Overdue fines: $1.00 per day/up to $5.00 maximum
  • Replacement cost $7.00 for lost or damaged case

Conditions of Use:

  • Valid during regular Museum hours. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in January and February.
  • Pass not to be used with other promotions or at special events
  • Does not apply to group rates
  • Maximum of 4 people, one must be a supervising adult
  • Pass may only be used ONCE to visit museum during the one week check out/circulation.
  • Museum Passes may not be used for commercial or for-profit purposes.
Thanks to the Eiserer-Hickey Fund of the Lancaster County Community Foundation for making this program possible.


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