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Salk Institute

10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
858 453 4100 Ext. 1200
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Ranked #9 of 26 Attractions in La Jolla
Type: Educational Sites
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Loved the architecture and the view of the ocean. Too bad it was being set up for symphony so little to see and no waterfall. Security indicated we needed to keep our distance from the offices. Still great to see up close and read the quotes etc.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You need to go there well prepared otherwise you will miss significance of a place. Learn beforehand about Louis Kahn, see he place and revel in its magnificence

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

a must-see for architecture buffs. Reserve early if you want a tour; each day is limited to 15 people.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a gorgeous building, an architecture landmark in San Diego. I love going here, but there have been several times when I've been here that the security has just been awful. I understand that the research needs to be kept safe and everything, but why have such a gorgeous building if you can't have any access for the general... More

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I have visited multiple times over the last 25 years. Security has increased each time. Access is now limited, which was disappointing. The trip is just to see the architecturally famous complex. If that is not of interest to you, or familiar to you, then you might not "get it".

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I really did love it here, but there wasn't anything to do because walk around the buildings. I sat down and enjoyed the view for a while but then I left. I suppose if I had gone on a tour it may have been more interesting. I'm glad i stopped by to see the buildings but I couldn't imagine spending... More

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I know it's a world famous research institute but my understanding was that the architecture of this building was famous - perhaps it is - but it just looks like a concrete communistic style building from eastern Europe - certainly not beautiful - or unique - if you've ever been to the former Soviet Union.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Beautiful setting. Very interesting tours highlighting the great research done here and explaining the stunning architecture.

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Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Salk Institute in San Diego is not only a great contribution for Science, but also a splendid architectural complex that should not missed while visiting San Diego

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

One of the excellence in Science since 1960, the Salk Institute was established iJonas Salk, M.D., the developer of the polio vaccine. Designed by the famous architect Louis I. Kahn the beautiful building stand over the cliff over the Black's beach sands and the ocean. The place has an highly inspiring architecture and is dedicated to fundamental research in biology... More

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