Friends of the Domes

The Friends of the Domes is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) established in 1989. We directly channel resources that make possible many of the educational and cultural programs held at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Our support complements, but is separate from the support provided by Milwaukee County.

Friends of the Domes, responsible for this website, includes a network of thousands of community members who donate their time, talent and treasure to ensure that Milwaukee always has a world-class horticultural conservatory.

Friends Mission

The Friends of the Domes mission is to promote and support the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) and surrounding park by creating and enhancing the visitor experience of this globally significant urban destination.

Friends Vision

By sharing our appreciation and understanding of habitats that sustain our world, we foster an environment where everyone can experience unique worldwide plant collections in a natural setting.

About the Domes

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, or “The Domes” as they are referred to locally, is a Milwaukee County Park and is in fact the oldest park in the Milwaukee Parks system. The Domes is home to three architecturally unique structures that are filled with plants and animals from different climates. Each dome is almost half a football field wide and seven stories tall.


Spring Show: Abstracting Georgia O’Keefe
DATE: March 30 – May 27, 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

Art in the Green: April 28-29, 2024

Our Beloved Mitchell Park Domes Video