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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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Interesting Place

Very Interesting information. Definitely a go to for all Scientist. Beautiful views and right next to Torrey Pines Gilder Port. Parking is limited right in front of Salk but there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Bernadette C
Bakersfield, California

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Washington, DC
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an interesting building, but one completely ruined by baffling and asinine rules enforced by mindless security guards. They charge $15 for a tour and if you just want to take a few pictures, prepare to be stopped, chastised and escorted from the area like a criminal. They say they're interested in protecting the working environment for what's happening in... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very Interesting information. Definitely a go to for all Scientist. Beautiful views and right next to Torrey Pines Gilder Port. Parking is limited right in front of Salk but there is additional parking in the back.

1 Thank Bernadette C
Lafayette, California
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261 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Vacationing for a few days in San Diego, a friend suggested we stop by Salk for their architectural tour. Although a little pricey at $15/ea, we found the building design interesting and enjoyed hearing about the architectural design process. But the really fascinating story took us in a completely unexpected direction - Salk wanted a design that was worthy of... More 

3 Thank LightFighter
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I almost didn't make a visit to the Salk Institute part of my trip (didn't realize it was so close to La Jolla/San Diego) and I'm so glad I did. You can see a bit on your own, but it is much better to do the 1hr tour they offer at 12pm on weekdays. We had a student tour guide... More 

1 Thank Julie W
Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We are a couple in our 40s who usually travel on a mix of business and pleasure and often seek out special architectural sites. The Salk Institute does not disappoint. We took a 1-hour architectural tour that was prefaced by a 20-min "meet the scientist" session. The latter was really great. She provided an honest, informative face to those people... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The Salk Institute is a world renown research facility near the University of California. It overlooks and has a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. There are two types of tours available for the public. The first is a general tour where you are able to visit two labs for a short period of time. The second is a hands-on... More 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Fantastic architectural tour and "meet a scientist." Gorgeous view of the Pacific. Incredible historical perspective and explanation of the unique architectural features. Highlight of our trip to San Diego!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I used to think this place was ugly. However, with education, I have grown to think of this place as a masterpiece! Classic architecture in a beautiful setting.

1 Thank SanDiegoBJ
Heraklion, Greece
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We' ve been there a very hot day and several children were splashing in the water. The security guard asked them to stop which they did. However then came a lady who probably was his supervisor and was very offensive to the famlies with no reason. Since the place is open to the public its better to keep rude and... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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