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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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Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews 61 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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NJ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You need to go there well prepared otherwise you will miss significance of a place. Learn beforehand about Louis Kahn, see he place and revel in its magnificence

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Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

a must-see for architecture buffs. Reserve early if you want a tour; each day is limited to 15 people.

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San Diego, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a gorgeous building, an architecture landmark in San Diego. I love going here, but there have been several times when I've been here that the security has just been awful. I understand that the research needs to be kept safe and everything, but why have such a gorgeous building if you can't have any access for the general... More

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I have visited multiple times over the last 25 years. Security has increased each time. Access is now limited, which was disappointing. The trip is just to see the architecturally famous complex. If that is not of interest to you, or familiar to you, then you might not "get it".

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