Admission tickets are not available online; tickets are available at the door. If you are interested in becoming a member, which provides free access year-round, click here.

What are the hours?
Monday-Friday, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. (last entrance 4 P.M.)
Saturday-Sunday, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. (last entrance 3 P.M.)

Map of Facility


See the Milwaukee County Parks website for policies on drones, photography & film, building lighting requests, plant donations, and more.

What is the address?
524 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
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Other Frequently Asked Questions

Parking at The Domes is free. Two lots are located immediately in front of the facility.
During cold or rainy days, The Domes tends to be the busiest. Early morning or late afternoon hours tend to have fewer visitors.

The admission fee ranges from $6-$9, depending on your age and if you are a Milwaukee County resident. Children two and under are free. As always, Friends of the Domes members get in free. Memberships start at only $30. Learn more.

Yes, strollers are welcome — however, if you visit the Education Center, we ask that you park your stroller outside the room in the designated stroller area. In addition, please keep in mind that some pathways will be a tight fit for double-wide strollers.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mobility devices, as the number of complimentary wheelchairs is limited and are loaned out on a first-come first-served basis.
All exhibits are ADA accessible. There is one set of automated doors at the entrance to the Conservatory as well as one set to enter each individual dome and accessible restrooms and water fountains are located at the front of the complex.

The Tropical Dome and Desert Dome have paved pathways. However, the grade can be challenging for persons using manual wheelchairs and walkers. The Show Dome is bricks with a challenging grade as well for persons using manual wheelchairs and walkers.

Yes! In addition to the beautiful gardens, we have an Education Center that is open to the public every weekend and some week days. The public hours are limited. Click here for more information.

Pets are not allowed in the conservatory. Service animals that assist individuals with disabilities and comply with the Milwaukee County ADA Service Animal Procedure are welcome.

Yes, be sure to visit Gifts Under Glass to find plants, books, jewelry, stuffed animals and some of the most unusual nature-themed items you will ever find. Many of the vendors and artists who have items for sale in the gift shop are from the local Milwaukee community. The proceeds benefit educational programming at The Domes.

Individuals needing a sign language interpreter should contact The Domes staff at (414) 257-5600 in order to request an interpreter for a future visit date. Sign language interpreter requests will be directed to the Office for Persons with Disabilities.

Sensory kits are available for both adults and children. Each bag is filled with items, including headphones and fidget gadgets, that can help lessen sensory overload and also engage, the bag items are also easily cleaned and sterilized for multiple uses. Sensory bags are available to use for free, request one at the fee booth.
The Mitchell Park Domes offers Aira users free access to Aira services while visiting The Domes and surrounding grounds. For more information about Aira, visit
A lactation pod for breast-feeding moms is available in the lobby. It is large enough to fit a mother, baby and toddler.
The climate in each of the domes is appropriate for the plants that are native to that climate. That means that it will be warm, especially on sunny days during the warmer months. We do have coat racks available for public use.
There are three domes that house the plant collection: The Desert Dome, the Tropical Dome and the Floral Show Dome. Note that the Show Dome transitions to five different (and spectacular!) shows each year. It is closed for 10 days during show changes. During that time, the other two domes are open to the public. Click here to see the Show Dome schedule.

A Few of Our Favorite Plants

Be sure to visit these plants during your upcoming trip.

The Spiny Thickets of Madagascar

Bird-of-Paradise Bush

Chocolate Tree


Dragon Tree

The Chewing Gum Tree


Sausage Tree

The Moringa Tree


Summer Show: United Plants Across America
DATE: June 8 – Sept 8, 2024

Video: Christa Beall Diefenbach, Executive Director of Friends of the Domes, presents solution for the future of the Domes to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee

Grooving Under Glass: September 26, 2024 


Our Beloved Mitchell Park Domes Video