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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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Architectural Landmark.

This was designed by Lewis Kahn in the 1960's I believe. It is beautifully situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean and well worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
m p
San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was designed by Lewis Kahn in the 1960's I believe. It is beautifully situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean and well worth a visit.

Thank m p
Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

First, there was a brief, meet-the-scientist introduction to the Institute. Then, docent Cynthia Lynne did an expert job of showing the research center and grounds, which are beautifully sited within view of the Pacific Ocean. The building is simply constructed of exposed concrete, marble and wood, with a narrow creek of water bisecting the plaza. It's a great example of... More 

Thank Brent45
Corona del Mar, California
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133 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Walking through this famous work of architecture is inspiring. Timeless sense of space and attention to detail. It doesn't take long to capture the spirit.

Thank Ron Y
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Very informative..... Met with a scientist then a docent.... Loved it... Beautiful buildings and most worthy worthy work that they do!

Thank Chumley58
Washington, DC
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

It's an interesting building, but one completely ruined by baffling and asinine rules enforced by mindless security guards. They charge $15 for a tour and if you just want to take a few pictures, prepare to be stopped, chastised and escorted from the area like a criminal. They say they're interested in protecting the working environment for what's happening in... More 

Thank USCMissingLink
Bakersfield, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Very Interesting information. Definitely a go to for all Scientist. Beautiful views and right next to Torrey Pines Gilder Port. Parking is limited right in front of Salk but there is additional parking in the back.

3 Thank Bernadette C
Lafayette, California
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288 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Vacationing for a few days in San Diego, a friend suggested we stop by Salk for their architectural tour. Although a little pricey at $15/ea, we found the building design interesting and enjoyed hearing about the architectural design process. But the really fascinating story took us in a completely unexpected direction - Salk wanted a design that was worthy of... More 

3 Thank LightFighter
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I almost didn't make a visit to the Salk Institute part of my trip (didn't realize it was so close to La Jolla/San Diego) and I'm so glad I did. You can see a bit on your own, but it is much better to do the 1hr tour they offer at 12pm on weekdays. We had a student tour guide... More 

1 Thank Julie W
Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We are a couple in our 40s who usually travel on a mix of business and pleasure and often seek out special architectural sites. The Salk Institute does not disappoint. We took a 1-hour architectural tour that was prefaced by a 20-min "meet the scientist" session. The latter was really great. She provided an honest, informative face to those people... More 

6 Thank GlobalTime
San Diego, California
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71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The Salk Institute is a world renown research facility near the University of California. It overlooks and has a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. There are two types of tours available for the public. The first is a general tour where you are able to visit two labs for a short period of time. The second is a hands-on... More 

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