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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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Spectacular Architecture

I was a postdoctoral fellow there for 4 years in the 1980s. It is a beautiful building, unique in architecture. It is well worth a visit. Views of the Pacific Ocean are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Rockville, Maryland

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was a postdoctoral fellow there for 4 years in the 1980s. It is a beautiful building, unique in architecture. It is well worth a visit. Views of the Pacific Ocean are spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I'd seen pictures of the Salk Institute but it really is amazing in person. VERY difficult to park (they have an overflow lot a mile away.) There is only one tour a day (at noon) and if you miss it, you cannot go inside. But the building itself is the real show.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a stunning building, designed by Louis Kahn. Worth taking the tour but if not just visit to be inspired.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a great lunch spot with many healthy sandwich and salad choices and outdoor seating. Located near Torrey Pines. Take a walk after lunch to check out the great views of the Pacific ocean

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Plan ahead for this little-known treasure when you visit San Diego. The Salk Institute offers architecture tours of it's world-renowned campus daily at 11:45 am. A $15 donation is suggested. Advance reservations required which can be made by phone or on their website. More details at: http://www.salk.edu/about/architecture_tours.html The focus of the tour is the unique architecture of the buildings, but... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858.453.4100
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Average Prices: USD 15 - 15

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