Milwaukee County Parks

Mitchell Park Domes

NOTE (JAN. 10. 2022):
Please check back for updates on reopening

Regular Hours

Wed. - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Last Entry: 4 p.m.)
Sat. - Sun: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Last Entry: 3 p.m.)

Closed: Monday & Tuesday


Feel the heat of a desert oasis, the humidity of a tropical jungle and the bright colors of a floral garden…all at one destination! The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, better known as The Domes, is a living museum filled with plants from across the globe. Visit Milwaukee's most unique destination.We do ask all guests to wear face coverings indoors at all times.

Visit Our New Domes Website

Explore the Great Indoors! 

*The Floral Show Dome will not have a display when it is transitioning between major shows.


Junior (6-17yrs), Students, Person with disability
The Domes are wheelchair-accessible. 
Child (under 5)
The Domes are stroller-accessible. 
Friends of Domes Member
AHSG Member (max. 2)
Groups (20 people minimum)
Call (414) 257-5600

*Milwaukee County residents get $1 off entry. Resident seniors (60+) get $3 off entry. ID required

New Domes COVID-19 Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, The Domes have updated their viewing guidelines:

  1. Limited services available: The Education Center will be open Wed - Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., with field trips beginning in November. No guided tours.
  2. Mask required at all times for everyone 3 and over, when inside the Mitchell Park Conservatory. 
  3. Follow our directional signage throughout The Domes.


Explore The Domes


Floral Show Dome

Five times a year the Floral Show Dome transforms with unique, themed floral shows. Visit throughout the year for spring flowers, the annual train show and the popular Holiday Show. 


Desert Dome

Explore the deserts of Africa, Madagascar, South America and North America. Snap a selfie by giant cacti, seek out succulents, agave and more, and meet Steve, our resident bearded dragon.


Tropical Dome

Step into the steamy rainsforest and transport yourself to another world. As you explore the jungle look for coffee beans, cocoa pods, bananas and even sausage fruit! You'll find 1,200 species of plants in this dome. 

Group Tours & Educational Opportunities

The Education Center, managed by the Friends of the Domes, offers programming for grades K5 – 12, college, adults, companies, homeschoolers, travel agencies and all youth groups throughout the year. There is an additional charge for guided tours and educational programs.

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Adult Guided Tours

Each tour is $9/adult. There is a minimum of 20 paid adults per group tour.

Your time with a guide will last 90 minutes. During that time you will be guided through the Show and Desert domes and a self-guided restorative stroll through the Tropical Dome with time left for the gift shop or to revisit a dome. Tours must be reserved three weeks ahead and prepaid five business days before the tour date.

• Around The Domes in 60 Minutes
• Best of the Season
• Horticulture: From Seed to Plant
• Mitchell Park, Conservatory and Greenhouses
• Science and the Conservatory
• Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: Past, Present and Future

Book a Guided Tour

Schools, Scouts & Camp Tours

School Groups: $7/student* (minimum 20 paid students)
*All Milwaukee County schools or groups will receive a $1 discount with proof of address 

Programming reflects core concepts for each grade.

Kindergarten: Plants, Animals & Their Habitat

1st Grade: What Do Plants & Animals Need to Survive

2nd Grade: Teamwork & the Surroundings

3rd Grade: Environmental Impacts on Plants & Animals

4th Grade: Life Cycles and Traits of Plants & Animals

5th Grade: Energy in Ecosystems

6th-8th Grades: Ecosystems & Human Impact

9th-12th Grades: Biogeography or Resources:  

  • Can You Survive a Desert, a Rainforest?
  • Water, Resources & Population
  • Composting, Vermiculture & Soil
  • Design or substitute a program with the Conservatory Educator

Arrange a Group Visit

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How to Find Us

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215. (414) 257-5600


  Free Parking Available

  Wheelchair Accessible

  Gift Shop





9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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