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Chrysanthemum Show Opens at the Domes September 25, 2021

The Mitchell Park Domes fall show ‘Mums, Mosses & Mushrooms’ opens to the public on September 25. The show, featuring hundreds of Chrysanthemum in several colorful varieties, also features moss-covered decor and a mushroom pop-up gallery in the Domes’ Atrium.

This season’s show also features original 24-foot mural artwork by Kristen Schueffner, a student of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Concordia University Wisconsin.

The fall show will run until November 7, 2021 and is supported by the Friends of the Domes, the Wisconsin Mycological Society and Concordia University Wisconsin.

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory has held a fall Chrysanthemum show since it first opened to the public in 1899. Mums are available in a wide variety of colors and cultivars and are associated with autumn due to their late-season blooms.

What you need to know when you plan your visit to the domes:

  • Admission is $8 adult, $6 juniors, $5 students, free for kids under 5.
  • Milwaukee County residents get discounted entry with ID.
  • Admission is free for Members of the Friends of the Domes.
  • The Mitchell Park Domes opens 9am-5pm on Wednesday-Friday and 9am-4pm on weekends. Last entry is one hours before close.
  • Masks are required inside the venue.

And to reminisce from when we attended in January 2018 to the opening weekend of the Railroad to Wonderland, it was so warm (40 degrees) that waiting outside in line felt amazing. (It really did!) How often can you hang out outside in January with no winter jacket and feel the sun shining down on you?

But inside felt even better! We started with the Show Dome which was decked out for the winter train show. The theme was Railroad to Wonderland. My kiddos loved reading the chapters from Alice in Wonderland as we walked around the round room, decorated with all sorts of scenes from the classic tale. Trains, Tracks and Switches (Shorehaven in Oconomowoc) Milwaukee Domes Train Lake Country Family Fun

We moved on to the Desert Dome next, where of course we checked on my oldest’s favorite lizard. We grabbed a scavenger hunt sheet for this Dome and began our hunt, checking off the items down the list as we found them. Another great idea is playing I Spy with your kiddos throughout the Domes.

My personal favorite dome is the Tropical Dome as I am usually always cold. The thermometer said it was only 72 degrees in the room, but with the humidity so high, it felt like I had been transported to a tropical oasis, a rain forest far away from Milwaukee, WI. Plus, the plants and trees inside here are just gorgeous! My kiddos love to stop on the bridge and watch the Koi fish swimming back and forth. Back and forth.

If you are looking for some educational, gorgeous fun with the kids, we highly suggest a visit to the Mitchell Park Domes. They have many special events going on through the year.  The hours of The Domes are Monday through Friday: 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  For admission rates, please visit their website.


  • We allocated about an hour to explore the Domes.

Madi took her little ones on a sunny, Friday morning in March and enjoyed the peacefulness of the Show Dome.

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