Mitchell Park Domes

Attack of the Giant Monsters

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 transition to the new theme.

Friends of the Mitchell Park DomesMilwaukee County Parks

Rotating Exhibits / Events

  • April Showers Spring Floral Show (Dates are contingent on when the Domes reopen.)

    APRIL 11 - MAY 25

    Everyone can enjoy their first colors of Spring in the tulips, hyacinths, lilies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, azaleas and other springtime favorites along with a stunning mural resembling, “Singing in the Rain.” The beauty of the show will be in the forefront while you can learn fun facts on conserving our Great Lakes water in a designated area of the dome. Just think, all plants grown in the greenhouses for every show theme were given reclaimed water off the greenhouse complex roof. Last year, that was 1,000,000 gallons of reused water! This show will feature a pastel colored palette of flowering Spring staples such as tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, pansies and white Easter lilies. Stunning 'Blaumeister' hydrangeas will complement this water themed 'April Shower' show along with the small dainty blue forget-me-nots.  Delicate peach, pink and yellow buttercups and aromatic stock will also make an appearance. Fun fact:  It will take about 2000 plants to fill in our Spring Show!

    Spring Equinox - Milwaukee County has made the decision to cancel this event.  We hope to reschedule soon so stay tuned.


    Earth Day Essentials - Cancelled

    APRIL 13, 9AM-5PM

    Monday Morning Storytime - Cancelled until further notice.


    Take your little ones (age 3-7) to the Domes Education Center and enjoy a story that comes to life!  Each week a volunteer storyteller will present a topic that is nature-centered and related the the the current Show Dome show.
    Included with Domes Admission. Free to Friends of the Domes members.

    Walk the Domes - Cancelled until further notice.


    Take your walking routine to the Domes. Enjoy a one mile scenic indoor walk led by a trained conservatory volunteer, who will lead a warm-up on the first lap along the paths of the Domes, followed by gentle stretch in the lobby.

    Pokemon Go at The Domes - Come back to play when the Domes reopen!

    Get out of the cold and join the Pokémon craze. The popular phone app game uses GPS technology to hide Pokémon and various prizes in real-world outdoor locations and the Domes is no exception! The bonus is that the Domes aren't exactly outdoors, so this winter you can come inside and play while staying warm and dry—not to mention take in the beautiful gardens. This game is truly fun for all ages and encourages getting exercise as well as meeting friendly new people in the community. The app is free to download, and for those currently playing, there are four indoor Poké-Stops and one Poké-Gym. Come in and catch them all!  Free every day to Friends of the Domes members!