Future of The Domes

Future of the Mitchell Park Domes

The Domes Feasibility Study

The Conservatory building complex includes three 50-year-old display domes, a greenhouse and annex added in 2015, and educational and support spaces.

The display domes are in need of extensive rehabilitation, and many of the support spaces need repairs and updates. Planning is underway for the next chapter of this long-time Milwaukee attraction.

The Domes Task Force has been charged with reviewing the services that the Conservatory provides to the community, as well as providing a sustainable facility and operating model.

This page will serve as the communication platform for this project as well as the Milwaukee County Web Site.

Friends of the Mitchell Park DomesMilwaukee County Parks

Domes Task Force


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

While the ultimate decision on how to proceed with the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory will be that of the County government, the Friends of the Domes has a voice in the process as Board President, Roger Krawiecki, has a seat on the Task Force.

We see our mission in this process as one of keeping minds open to all options – rebuild, repair, rethink – and providing whatever support we are able to in moving this process forward.

We feel that our large, supportive membership sends a strong message to the County that a horticultural conservatory makes Milwaukee a better place to live and visit.

A vibrant horticultural conservatory is important to every community. Our Mitchell Park Conservatory

  • is an oasis in an urban environment providing therapeutic value of an indoor tropical and desert garden throughout the year
  • adds value to Milwaukee as a tourist destination
  • has a positive civic impact on the neighborhood
  • provides valuable educational programming for our school children
  • is a venue for winter concerts, holiday events, and the winter farmers market
  • is home to a 3.2 million dollar world class plant collection

In answer to the question we hear daily, “What can we do to help?”,  we say: “SUPPORT YOUR CONSERVATORY.”

  • Become a member of the Friends of the Domes
  • Be vocal in your support for the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
  • Share your thoughts on the Domes.  Contact your County Supervisor
  • Attend the Task Force Meetings
  • Keep an open mind to the best option for a facility meeting 21st century needs and possibilities.

Stay updated on the progress of the County Board Task Force to identify options and develop a long-term plan for the Domes.
For more information please visit the official Mitchell Park Domes Updates page: http://county.milwaukee.gov/Domes

Meeting materials can be found by searching “Domes Task Force” on the County Legislative Information Center