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Salk Institute

Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 858 453 4100 Ext. 1200
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Ranked #7 of 23 Attractions in La Jolla
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

If nothing else this is an architectural gem. It hits home for me because my grandfather had polio, but presumably anyone can appreciate the gravity of this institute. Some very important work being done and lots of fascinating stories about the inner-workings. Unquestionably worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Amazing that a building so architecturally important from the 1960's continues to provide a home for ground breaking research in the biological sciences. Our tour guide was not always as informative about the architecture itself as one would have wished but she regaled us with stories about Dr. Salk, Kahn and how the institute's construction realized the goals that Dr.... More 

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New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We were told to come back, but not that we need to reserve, so we returned and couldn't join the tour. Interesting place worth a visit.

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27 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The architecture tour was interesting, the lady introduced many aspects of the design concept and philosophy, the materials used, and the architect and client, Jonas Salk; it was a little disappointing though that you will not see the inside. Kahn's masterpiece overlooking the coast must be a wonderful place to work. A must see project. Requested donation is $15.00 per... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We took the kids for a tour on our vacation and really enjoyed ourselves. The history of the institute and all the things they offer to their scientists are different than most places. If you are into science then I would say this tour is a must!!! The staff onsite is also very friendly and informative. The architecture is also... More 

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Missed the equinox by a few days, but watched the soft glow of the setting sun bathe the plaza and concrete walls of this structure with sensitive light.......that takes your breath away and forces you to seek the meaning and wonder of life and all that can be done to bring health and wellness and peace and security to this... More 

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Arlington, VA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Louis Kahn-designed plaza, laid out so that the sunset of the autumnal equinox aligns axially with the channel fountain, is one of the most notable public places in American architecture. It is a remarkable place for contemplation as it looks out to the Pacific horizon. Every now and then a parasailer floats surprisingly into view from the glider port... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I just spent three days at a conference held at Salk Institute, having lunch with Peter Salk and hearing comments by his brother Jonathan, and can share some insights for the reviewer who asked, "why have such a gorgeous building if you can't have any access for the general public?" Salk's collaboration with Kahn was intended to provide the conditions... More 

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

we had known about the Salk Institute for years from architectural publications and longed to visit. Our guided tour was good and it was a privilege to be able to visit

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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