Throughout the world, one name captures the idea of America’s cultural heritage: Smithsonian. On Saturday, September 17 the Smithsonian Magazine is celebrating the nation’s museums, zoos, aquariums, and cultural centers with free admission to participating institutions with a special required Ticket. The Historic Ephrata Cloister is one of the local museums participating in this event. Visitors to the participating attractions like the Ephrata Cloister must download and present the special free Smithsonian Ticket found at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2022/. Tickets will be available to download beginning at midnight on Monday, August 15, 2022. The website contains a list of all participating institutions throughout the country along with other important information about using the Ticket. This Ticket provides general admission for the Ticket holder plus one guest (not valid for special exhibits, parking, IMAX film screening or any other offer). The Ticket is only valid on Museum Day, September 17, 2022.
The Historic Ephrata Cloister is the place where the town of Ephrata began in 1732. Nine of the original buildings, built between the 1740s and 1800, are preserved to tell the story of the religious community who became known for their original music, art, publishing, and significant architecture. Guided tours visit the two largest buildings on the site, the Saal (Meetinghouse) built in 1741 and the adjoining Saron (Sisters’ House) built in 1743. Seven additional self-guided buildings include the Printing Office, Physician’s House, Bakery, and Weaver’s House. The Museum Store offers a selection of fine, locally made crafts, good books, candles, art, and a large selection of note cards.
On Smithsonian Day, September 17, the Historic Ephrata Cloister will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with guided tours offered throughout the day. Visitors without the required free Smithsonian Day Ticket will be charged the standard admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65+, and $6 for children ages 3-5.
Phone: (717) 733-3733
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
632 W Main Street
Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522