Mitchell Park Domes

Miniature Milwaukee 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.

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Rotating Exhibits / Events

  • Miniature Milwaukee Train Show

    JANUARY 19 - APRIL 7

    Miniature Milwaukee, the garden train show at the Mitchell Park Domes, is fun for the whole family. The MIniature Milwaukee Model Train Show will capture the essence of our great city on a tiny scale. Various trains will travel past local parks and suburbs and wind around some of Milwaukee's most notable landmarks and well-known buildings. Plants will be G scaled to suit the miniature trains making their way through the Milwaukee landscape. Among many other plants the landscape will include miniature topiary azalea trees, miniature topiary tree form rosemary and santolina plants, cyclamen, cineraria, violas, petunias and colorful varieties of althernanthera and coleus. Take note of the blue, green and gold colors in the plantings as tribute to our Brewers and Packer fans!

    Museum Week

    MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

    The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is making possible a Youth Free Day at local museums during the 2019 Milwaukee Museum Week. On Monday, Jan. 21, The Domes will participate in the Youth Free Day, offering free admission for children age 17 and younger.


    The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory will be participating in Museum Week with the following offerings:

    • Horticultural staff will provide access to Milwaukee County Greenhouses from 9 am to 3:30 pm and will stage presentations at 11 am & 1 pm daily on various topics; biological pest controls, Sky Harvester system of water reuse and energy efficiencies in the new greenhouses. Presentation attendees will be given a souvenir plant (lemon coral sedum) while supplies last! 

    • Education staff will provide specialized 30 minute tours daily at 2 pm.

    • Display of historical archival photos of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory in the Education Center daily. 

    All Scale Train Lobby Exhibit

    FEBRUARY 9 AND 10, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    A weekend of exhibits & unique train layouts displaying all types and sizes of collectible model trains; from the ones that you can ride to those that are miniature sized! Regular admission rates apply.  Free to Friends of the Domes Members.

    Gardens & Gears Steampunk Faire

    MARCH 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Join us for this one-of-a-kind event! Explore the look and feel of an alternative past with a special Milwaukee flair! Guests are welcomed to wear their finest family-friendly steampunk attire. Regular admission rates apply.  Free to Friends of the Domes Members.

    Spring Equinox

    MARCH 17, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Guided sampling tours, astronomy, animals, music, demonstrations, Tai Chi, mini wokshops and hands-on activities. Bring the family down for a day of fun!  Food available for purchase.  Regular admission rates apply.  Free to Friends of the Domes Members.