Mitchell Park Domes

Railroad to Wonderland Model Train Show

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory's Show Dome is transformed 5 times each year. Each Show Dome display has a specific theme, generally categorized as historical, cultural or fantasy, and is chosen at least a year in advance. Plants are selected specifically for a particular floral exhibit and grown in the Greenhouses located at the Mitchell Park Domes. Once in place, a show may last from six to fourteen weeks. Please note that Show Dome is closed for approximately two weeks between shows to transistion to the new theme.

Friends of the Mitchell Park DomesMilwaukee County Parks

Rotating Exhibits / Events

  • Railroad to Wonderland - Winter Train Show

    JANUARY 20 - MARCH 18

    Follow four Garden-scale trains as you go from Alice's home and down the rabbit hole, on a whiimsical adventure through Wonderland.  Guests will be able to read along as Alice finds herself on her journey.  There will be giant mushrooms, miniature trees, surreal landscapes, a tea party and plenty of other surprises along the way.  A perfect way to escape reality...and the cold this winter!

    Gardens & Gears: Steampunk Wonderland


    Join us for our 4th annual Gardens & Gears Steampunk Faire. This one-day family-friendly event celebrates the eclectic life styles of the steampunk genre, including everything from the Victorian era to an alternative past with a "wonderland twist"! The event, set against the backdrop of the themed "Railroad to Wonderland" Model Train Show, offers a variety of experiences and vendors including makers, artists, clothiers, and collectors of gadgets and innovative creations!

    Dress up in your best steampunk outfit or as your favorite wonderland character and enjoy food, music and all that comes with "falling down the rabbit hole" at the Domes!

    Cost: Free to FOD members; Non-members, regular admission rates apply.

    Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market


    Located in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Conservatory (Domes)
    Market Hours: SATURDAYS - 9:00am to 1:00pm
    Free parking and admission to the market!

    The Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market (MWFM) brings together about 50 weekly vendors in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Domes. There, agricultural vendors offer high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products. Local food vendors also bring a wide variety of freshly baked goods, jams, cider, honey, maple syrup, sauces and soups, as well as prepared hot food and coffee.

    The Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market is operated by the Fondy Food Center. The mission of the Fondy Food Center is to connect neighborhoods to fresh, local food - from farm to market to table.