Mitchell Park Domes and Conservatory - Milwaukee

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Mitchell Park Domes
Mitchell Park Tropical Dome

The Mitchell Park Horticulture Conservatory is a prominent landmark in Milwaukee. Its signature conoidal domes are a rare architectural wonder; an early example of biomimicry. The three domes present three different environments. They include a show dome with rotating horticulture exhibits, an arid environment, and a tropical environment. There are many rare plant specimens on display, and at the domes you encounter them in an environmental immersive experience. They are open to the public throughout the year and offer a warm humid welcome to stir crazy Wisconsinites in the cold dreary winter months.






Mitchell Park Domes
Arid Domes at Mitchell Park Milwaukee


A walk in the garden is always soul enriching. But, a walk in the tropical dome on a cold winter day is a total wellness reset. After the trees have dropped their leaves in November the lush Wisconsin landscape quickly turns bleak and heartless. Chilling polar winds blow what moisture there is left right out of the air. When it becomes time to keep a stick of lip balm in your coat pocket it is time to visit the Mitchell Park Domes.I could literally bring a book with me and just set up on a bench by a waterfall in the tropical dome for the afternoon.

Horticulture enthusiast will be doubly inspired. Mitchel Park's curation of exotic plants can rival any horticultural park in the US. And, from the size of many specimens it is clear that these plants have been thriving in the domes for decades. Amongst these mature specimens are new and rotating displays of flora. There is always something in bloom at Mitchell Park.

Bird of Paradise at the Mitchell Park Show Dome
The domes are set in the expansive Mitchell Park on Milwaukee's South Side. This park is a joy to walk in during the warm weather months. In winter its biggest draw is the sledding hill on the East end called Suicide Hill. I'm uncertain of the story behind the name of the hill, but I do know the name dates back to early times in Milwaukee. I have an antique post card from the late 1800's showing "suicide hill". It is a rather steep hill for sledding; one of the better sledding locations in Milwaukee County.

In recent years, the Mitchell Park Domes have gotten a facelift. Many glass panels were replaced and a set of greenhouses was added to the property. LED chasers were added to the frame structure as well. On Thursday nights you can catch live music at the domes from 6:30-8pm and see a programmed light show.

Milwaukee continues its tradition of devotion to extraordinary public places and has kept its one-of-a-kind conservatory a top Milwaukee destination.



Directions and Map


Address for your GPS: Mitchell Park, 524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53204
| coordinates: 43.025733, -87.947686 |

From Milwaukee25 Minutes
From Madison35 Minutes
From Green Bay1 Hour
From Wasau/td>1 hour
From Minneapolis1 Hours
From Chicago1 Hour



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