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Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)

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Address: 524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Phone Number: (414) 257-5611
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Conservatory's Arid Dome houses a fine collection of cacti; the...

The Conservatory's Arid Dome houses a fine collection of cacti; the Tropical Dome features plants from the rainforest and the Floral Show Dome hosts a number of changing themed blossom displays throughout the year.

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Nice closed Gardens!!

Its a nice place to go on extremely hot or cold day, but can go any time. I like the view of domes from outside.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a nice place to go on extremely hot or cold day, but can go any time. I like the view of domes from outside.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been going to the Domes for many years. That alone should give the feeling it's a great place to visit. If you're gardener or plant lover, outdoor enthusiast, or just need something to do for a couple, or few hours, you shouldn't be disappointed here. The seasonal dome with its changing themes give repeated visits something to look forward... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Milwaukee domes were constructed more than 40 years ago and have been iconic bubbles on the Milwaukee scene ever since. Unfortunately, age and wear and tear have rendered two of the three domes unsafe for visitors and required costly repairs. Hope that the funds and political support for renovation can be raised, as it would be a real pity... More 

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Longview, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I visited the domes when I had some free time while visiting relatives in Milwaukee. I had been several times before and was never disappointed until this visit. Only one of the domes was open and I still had to pay full price! This used to be one of my favorite places to visit in Milwaukee...but not any longer.

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Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This place was a bit of a let down really. I went aware from reading other people's reviews that two of the domes were currently closed, didn't realise there were three in total. Went in anyway and felt that it wasn't much more than you'd see in a garden centre somewhere, really nothing that special. Seen much better in other... More 

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

The Domes have been a favorite place to take out-of-town visitors for decades. When there were safety problems with the Domes recently, I was so concerned that they would be permanently closed or demolished. I was delighted, then, to attend the first public reopening of the Show Dome. Beautiful as ever! Still a great backdrop for quinceanera or wedding photos.... More 

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Woodinville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

I visit the Domes every time I come to Milwaukee. Always a great way to spend some time a view the beautiful gardens. Great for both adults and kids. Unfortunately, two of the domes (tropics and desert) were both closed for renovations and they are the more interesting ones in my opinion. They still charged a $6 per person admission... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

A fall visit did not do the full grounds justice, but the rainy chilly day we visited was warmed by the domed horticultural displays in an accessable facility. The cacti were a special treat. With time to spare, next visit will include some reading material so I can just sit for a bit and enjoy the ambiance of the facility.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

The desert dome was closed so that was a bummer. the special exhibit dome was really lame and felt empty. the tropical dome was great.

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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Visited as a kid on a school field trip, then took my husband and kids back to see it many years later (1998 or so) It was cutting edge way back. The only other thing that I know of similar to it is the Biosphere near Tucson Arizona (which we saw in 2005) Each dome house a different climate and... More 

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