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Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 858 453 4100 Ext. 1200
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Can't get in on the weekend

It is entirely closed and locked off on the weekend. Don't waste your time. The security guard stood right there with not a soul around and turned us away.

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

It is entirely closed and locked off on the weekend. Don't waste your time. The security guard stood right there with not a soul around and turned us away.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you're into architecture, this building has a most amazing sunset views. The architect built an edge less pool between two buildings, so that at sunset the reflection of the Suns golden Rays on the water create the most amazing atmosphere. Bring a picnic for a romantic experience.

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Skip it unless you make prior arrangements. It is an R&D facility and not a touristic attraction. It is out of the normal visitors' path and not worth the deviation in my opinion.

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La Jolla, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I would not view this as a tourist attraction in La Jolla. The buildings are stark and designed to be functional. HOWEVER, if one continues on the road heading toward the ocean the San Diego Glider port will be encountered. Great place to watch hang gliders and there is a neat little restaurant with outside patio that can't be beat... More 

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a great place to go to see some world class architecture in San Diego. They do not allow professional photographers to photograph here anymore which is a bummer but still a remarkeble place to visit and you can also walk over to the handglider port which is off the cliffs from here. A highly recommended spot for people... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The guides on this tour are great! They know a lot and are willing to take questions. We went on the tour with my two year old son since we had no where to bring him. However, unless your toddler is content with standing still and listening for long periods of time, this is not exactly the best place for... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I've attended a couple of academic conferences here, and have always been pleased with the depth with which topics are covered. Since it is a biological institute, the conferences deal mostly with health issues. One of the conferences I recently attended dealt with the new(est) occurrences of ebola, its infectiousness, spread, and transmission. Excellent atmosphere for great presentations!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We did our own walking tour with their easily available handouts. Great to walk through and enjoy on your own!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The buildings are beautiful in a stark, majestic way overlooking the ocean. There is a tour available but fills days to weeks in advance. Look online to book. I walked through on a weekday without difficulty admiring the area. Will be back for the tour. Head to the Torrey Pines Gliderport which is just next door after visiting the Salk.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Yes, this is an interesting building, but we were told that we could only walk through on a tour - not that there was any security, you could just go on your own. So my comments are on the official tour. It begins with 15 minutes about the research going on, certainly interesting and it was presented well. Then the... More 

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