May 21, 9 am - 7 pm
May 22, 9 am - 4 pm
April 30 - June 10
Sunday, May 8 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
May 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
Mitchell Park Conservatory - Milwaukee's Exotic Venue for Weddings - Corporate Events - Family Fun
THE SHOW DOME AND GIFT SHOP ARE SCHEDULED TO OPEN APRIL 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
OUR WORLD CLASS PLANT COLLECTION
IS BEING CARED FOR!
Thank you Milwaukee Historian John Gurda for this perspective on the important place the Domes holds in Milwaukee history and defining what we need to look to for a future solution. "We could repair the complex, rebuild it or replace it with something as novel for its time as the Domes were for theirs. Whichever course we choose, we'd be keeping faith with a tradition rooted in the deepest substance of Milwaukee." Read his whole article: www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/its-time-to-re-imagine-the-mitchell-park-domes
Update to members and supporters of the Domes:
- Inspection and repair of the Mitchell Park Domes is underway. The Show Dome is scheduled to reopen Saturday, April 30 with the Garden Impressions Spring Floral Show. The Gifts Under Glass Gift Shop will also reopen on April 29. Admission on Friday, April 20 is FREE. Starting Saturday, April 30, admission to the Domes will be discounted to $3 for Adults, Seniors, Children, and Handicapped until all three Domes are reopened to the public. During this time no additional coupons will be valid. As always, admission is free to Friends of the Domes Members.
- The County has budgeted funds for repairs to open the Domes for at least the next 5 years while options for a permanent solution are considered. Funds raised by the Friends of the Domes are allocated by the Friends of the Domes Board of Directors and will be used towards enhancements to the facility and to help get the facility reopened to the public so everyone can continue to enjoy the wonderful environment the Domes has provided our community for the past 50 years. Please help us in this mission! For more information please visit the County Website page on Mitchell Park Domes Updates.
- If you are a member of the Friends of the Domes please know that your membership renewal date will be adjusted for the amount of time that the Domes is closed. All Friends of the Domes members will be receiving a new membership card within the next few months that can be scanned upon entry to the Domes. This will make entry more efficient. Until your new card arrives, please use your current card knowing that it will be honored for 4 months beyond the expiration date listed. Thank you for your patience and loyalty during this time and for all the support expressed by the Friends of the Domes membership
Ways you can help:
o Donate on our Save the Domes Go Fund Me page
o Be vocal in your support of the Mitchell Park Domes and the future of a horticultural conservatory in Milwaukee. A big thank you to the hundreds who attended the Public Hearing in the Annex on February 24. Your comments were thoughtful, passionate, eloquent, and most importantly showed a tremendous public support for keeping our beloved Domes alive. Thank you!
o Visit the Save the Domes Facebook page and share with everyone you know.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
By giving you are sending a message to the community that the
Domes are worth saving.
Read about the history, construction, renovation and future of the Domes and enjoy the beautiful photographs dating back to the early 1890's.
and enjoy the Domes as often as you want - for free - and enjoy reciprocity with botanical centers across the nation. Click Here to see the full list.
LEAVE YOUR MARK AT THE DOMES
BUY AN ENGRAVED PAVER THAT WILL BECOME A PERMANENT PART OF THE WALKWAY IN THE SHOW DOME.
If you have purchased a PAVER click here to see its placement in the Show Dome.
Click Here to see a map of the Show Dome.
ABOUT THE MILWAUKEE DOMES
The Mitchell Park Conservatory, known affectionately to generations of Milwaukee and Wisconsin residents as, "Mitchell Park Domes," is a world class horticultural adventure right here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin welcoming individuals and families for a beauty filled day out in Milwaukee. The Domes welcomes school children for educational adventures and invites you to consider the Domes for your next Milwaukee corporate event or wedding or ???.
Something new is always abloom at The Domes. From water conserving plants and trees of the Desert Dome to the a wonderland of over 1200 tropical plant species of the Tropical Dome to the most wonderful themed floral displays of the Show Dome, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Domes are more than a place to visit: the Domes are a place to be.
The Friends of the Milwaukee Domes provide this website as a resource for Milwaukee area residents to give back to the community by volunteering time and/or resources and with the intention of putting the Mitchell Park Conservatory back on the map as a visitation place to be worth considering. The Domes are perfect for a rainy day trip, as a place to read a book under a blooming shade tree in the dead of an icy Milwaukee, Wisconsin Winter or as THE place to host a five hundred guest corporate event for Milwaukee businesses. The Mitchell Park Conservatory are a treasure that The Friends of the Domes intend to preserve for generations of Milwaukee and Wisconsin residents to enjoy and draw wonder from going forward forever.
The Grand Reopening was spectacular attended by hundreds on November 5 2008. The Mitchell Park Domes received a private donation of $550,000 for major lighting improvements. Milwaukee County with the Friends of the Domes used the summer months to replace broken glass and do many much needed repairs. With funding coming from private sources combined with insurance settlement from damage caused by the Falk factory explosion these major improvements require only a fractional contribution from Milwaukee County for the replacement of the Mitchell Park Domes lobby building roof and ceiling.
The Mitchell Park Conservatory new look features neon halo rings above each of the Domes giving them a greater presence in the twilight Milwaukee skyline and making the Mitchell Park Conservatory easier to see from I-94 and the Miller Valley. This new higher profile exterior presence is symbolic for the Friends of the Dome as the beginning of a new era of a more dynamic higher energy level for The Mitchell Park Conservatory. The Friends intend to make the Mitchell Park Conservatory upgrade the beginning of a brighter future for The Domes. The Friends would love for you to be a part of the Mitchell Park Conservatory. Contact the Friends now to learn how you can be a part of The Mitchell Park Conservatory.
The Domes, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are the world's only conoidal glass houses. The three Domes are home to flowers and plants from tropical and arid locations around the world. Amazingly, the architecturally unique structures are filled with plants and animals from different climates. Each Dome is almost half a football field wide, by seven stories tall. Twenty wildlife species including tropical finches, lizards, frogs, toads, fish, and turtles call the Domes their home.
Five times each year,the beautiful Show Dome has elaborately planned seasonal floral displays. In the moist air of the Tropical Dome, you will experience 1,200 species of tropical plants. The Desert Dome represents the deserts of the world with plants grouped by geographic locations.
The Friends of the Domes is a support group whose purpose is to enhance projects and programs in Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Horicultural Conservatory. Come visit us at the Domes today!
Friends of the Domes Mission
FOD is a support group whose purpose is to enhance projects and programs in Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory – “Mitchell Park Domes”.