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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Toronto
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128 reviews 128 reviews
40 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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Woodland Hills
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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La Jolla, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This iconic architecture by Louis Kahn is a 'must see'. Docent tours are available. They are free, but you must reserve.

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a hidden gem in San Diego; worthy of the hour offered for this tour, led by an architect. Though I've lived in this area for 35 years, I missed this one. Don't make the same mistake. It's wonderful to hear about the vision that Jonas Salk and Louis Kahn had for the health and future of this community,... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If it´s not enough the research work that is done at the Salk Institute to make it an exceptional place, you should take a look to it´s outstanding architecture, a work from late German master Louis Kahn a relevant talent that left a remarkable sample of his heritage in this medical research insitute, in the Torrey Pines area. They have... More 

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San Diego, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Go see the Salk institute if you like Aquariums and sea life ...it's awesome, I've heard there are also concerts there in the summer months. I can't wait to see who is featured this summer! Also free concerts in the local parks of San Diego (weekends and week nights) dance under the stars and by the beach! That's a vacation!

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A stunning design that as well now for the cutting edge scientists as it did when it was built. They offer 1-hour architectural tours most weekdays and it is so well done.

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California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, he wanted to create a world-class research institute where researchers from various fields could work and collaborate. This is the result. The architecture and history of the facility is amazing and very inspirational. One would need a guided tour to really understand and appreciate what one is seeing, why it was designed and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We were unable to see the key feature of this project by Louis Kahn, the central courtyard leading to a dramatic open sky above the sea. We still walked all the way around the perimeter, but wish the gates to the courtyard had been open!

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