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Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858.453.4100
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Great Architecture!

I used to think this place was ugly. However, with education, I have grown to think of this place as a masterpiece! Classic architecture in a beautiful setting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I used to think this place was ugly. However, with education, I have grown to think of this place as a masterpiece! Classic architecture in a beautiful setting.

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Heraklion, Greece
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We' ve been there a very hot day and several children were splashing in the water. The security guard asked them to stop which they did. However then came a lady who probably was his supervisor and was very offensive to the famlies with no reason. Since the place is open to the public its better to keep rude and... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I was a postdoctoral fellow there for 4 years in the 1980s. It is a beautiful building, unique in architecture. It is well worth a visit. Views of the Pacific Ocean are spectacular.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I'd seen pictures of the Salk Institute but it really is amazing in person. VERY difficult to park (they have an overflow lot a mile away.) There is only one tour a day (at noon) and if you miss it, you cannot go inside. But the building itself is the real show.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a stunning building, designed by Louis Kahn. Worth taking the tour but if not just visit to be inspired.

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Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a great lunch spot with many healthy sandwich and salad choices and outdoor seating. Located near Torrey Pines. Take a walk after lunch to check out the great views of the Pacific ocean

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Plan ahead for this little-known treasure when you visit San Diego. The Salk Institute offers architecture tours of it's world-renowned campus daily at 11:45 am. A $15 donation is suggested. Advance reservations required which can be made by phone or on their website. More details at: http://www.salk.edu/about/architecture_tours.html The focus of the tour is the unique architecture of the buildings, but... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We are big architecture fans and I really like the work of Louis Kahn. We were driving from San Diego to LA and made a pit-stop in La Jolla. It is very quick to get here from the high way and well worth it....even if you aren't an expert in architecture! The Salk Institute is a beautiful modernist research institute... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Sign up for a free tour of the grounds and/or the world-class laboratories where important research is being performed by some of the world's best medical scientists. We attended a wonderful concert there--check their website http://www.salk.edu for schedule of concerts and tours.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this research facility was the dream of Jonas Salk who actively recruited arguably one of the most visionary modernist architects, Louis Kahn to design a building that would provide scientists an atmosphere to create on land donated by the people of San Diego in 1962. The Luis Barragan courtyard is world famous travertine center patio that... More 

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