Despite being closed for awhile in 2016 due to falling concrete, the Domes are once again open. The egg-shaped conservatories contain three ecosystems –  tropical, desert and “show” dome. The collections at the domes are vast, large, healthy and very well tagged. The Tropical Dome is filled with little hidden nooks and lovely tropical vistas. The Desert Dome runs geographically through the globe, featuring mature desert plants from every corner of the world. The Domes’ collection is far larger and more comprehensive than Olbrich Gardens or The Nicholas Conservatory. However, it is also far busier. Sadly, many of the weekend visitors feel the Domes are an acceptable place to let their children run wild – particularly in the Show Dome. Visit on a weekday, during school for a much more pleasant experience.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
524 S Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI

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