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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 #6 of 34 Attractions in La Jolla
Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Very distinctive with that great view. What a surprise to find a little cafe too at the bottom of the water feature.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

As a grad student I use to study in the library at the Salk Institute. The buildings were so beautiful that I foiund it a calm, soothing place to study.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Walking around this place on our way to the Gliderport nearby is ... interesting. It looks very austere something built for a post apocalyptic movie mostly concrete with w/ very little glass & wood weathered by the salt in the air. There is a pretty modern fountain at the base where their cafeteria is

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The stunning setting makes the starkness of the architecture work. We were lucky to have just the right sunlight lin the;ate afternoon so see the fascinating play of shadows. Our guide was very good; a dedicated volunteer. You must book ahead online to be sure of joining a tour. Be sure to go early to hear the short overview of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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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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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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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