Train Show at Mitchell Park Domes Opening January 20th

Train lovers of Milwaukee, rejoice!

The Domes’ annual Train Show has long been the biggest Show Dome event, and it’s back in 2024.

Every winter the Show Dome is transformed into a miniature train show with 600 feet of train tracks looping the exhibit.

This year’s train show at the conservatory displays charming, tiny toy towns constructed from iconic children’s toys that will appeal to the child in all of us. Train tracks loop through stunning plantings of vibrant colors and shapes including miniature conifers, azaleas, pansies, and primrose. 

It’s opening on Saturday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m. and running through March 17th, 2024.

The annual Train Show at the Domes is the biggest Show Dome event of the year.

Don’t miss Sticker Wednesdays! Visit the Domes on any Wednesday and you’ll get an exclusive, free one-of-a-kind Domes sticker themed with the Floral Show Dome!

Special Events

Milwaukee Museum Days (January 18th – 28th)

  • January 18 & 25:
    • Discounted admission for all visitors ($5). Children 2 and under are always free
  • January 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 1pm:
    • Free guided tours with paid admission. Also January 20 and 27 at 11am. No reservations required; tours limited to 50 people. First-come, first-served
    • Tour themes:
      • Thursdays: “A Safari Through the Tropical Dome”
      • Fridays: “A Trip Around the World of Deserts”
      • Saturdays: “The Show Dome in Transition” (How our themed shows are created)
  • January 18-28:
    • All kids visiting the Ed Center receive a free packet of seeds
  • January 24:
    • Bilingual Storytime (English and Spanish) 10am in the Domes lobby
  • All NEW Friends of the Domes memberships purchased at the Domes include a free $10 gift shop gift certificate (redeemable at a future visit)
  • January 25:
    • Late-night at the Domes, with light + music shows after dusk. Open 9am to 8pm, with last admission at 7pm. Light shows are at 5, 6, 7, and 7:30pm, and are included in the $5 admission price

All-Scale Train Show (February 3rd & 4th)

  • Occupies the lobby and Greenhouse 7 for one weekend only! From the tiniest toy train layouts to the largest model trains, the All-Scale show is true to its name
  • Included in regular Domes admission; open during standard Domes hours
  • The All-scale show is an adjunct to the Train Show, which continues in the Show Dome

Winter Silhouettes Bonsai Show (February 25th)

  • This annual exhibit is presented by Milwaukee Bonsai Society
  • In the Domes lobby during regular hours, included in Domes admission

Admission Pricing

  • For Milwaukee County residents: Adult – $8.00; Junior (3-12) – $6.00; Senior (60+) – $6.00; Student – $6.00; Military – $6.00; Children (2 & under) – free
  • For non-residents: Adult – $9.00; Junior (3-12) – $6.00; Senior (60+) – $9.00; Student – $6.00; Military – $6.00; Children (2 & under) – free
  • Please note that the last admission is always one hour before the listed closing time

The Domes are located at 524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215. For more information on the show head to

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