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Address: 10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
Phone Number: 858.453.4100
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Beautiful architecture

We stopped here because we had heard about the beautiful architecture and we were not disappointed. Unfortunately, many of the buildings were under construction, but it was still... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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99 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here because we had heard about the beautiful architecture and we were not disappointed. Unfortunately, many of the buildings were under construction, but it was still beautiful. Would have loved to have more time to take the official tour, but we did not know ahead of time that was an option, so we did not plan accordingly. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Under Construction till Spring 2017. Closed campus, tour guide required. No evening or early morning photos allowed. Totally worth a visit. Check in at Front Parking lot entrance. Noon tours, typically MWF

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic not to be missed, a must for anyone interested in architecture. Easy to find and access. The meeting with the scientist was very interesting and informative

Thank Simon F
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tour, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. We had a great time and gained a lot of knowledge. Very impressed with the place and the tour.

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St. James, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like architecture, you shouldn't miss visiting the Salk Institute for a tour. The tour lasts about an hour and is given by different tour guides during the week. If you get there early, one of the "scientists" will greet you at the welcome center and talk about the research that goes on there. The setting is beautiful. Unfortunately,... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time this week during a private tour of the Salk Institute that was super easy to arrange via their website. The docent was super informative.

1 Thank TribecaCiti
Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The Salk Institute is absolutely beautiful and has this very cool science vibe -- you can tell that important research is being done here and it lends an interesting aura to it. The views are fabulous -- it's in a pearl of a spot on the Pacific.

1 Thank HotelFreak222
Sylmar, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

I am admittedly biased because of my love for this building, but it is a wonderful place to visit. At first glance the building seems stark and cold, but the feeling when you walk into the courtyard is one of warmth and peace. I highly recommend the tours for a bit of history and fun anecdotes. Our guide, Ellen, was... More 

1 Thank Anthony D
Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

You can't go in, unless to go to the bathroom. But you can take a one hour guided architectural tour of the outside. We had a great docent, she gave us the history of Dr. Salk and Kahn, the architect. Beautiful setting, enjoy La Jolla before or after, and learn and appreciate all that they do there.

1 Thank JeffBransford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

This iconic Louis Kahn deserves a visit by anyone who practices or loves great architecture or who conducts scientific research. It is beatified in my mind because you can feel the pull of architectural history and sense the dedication to emerging scientific breakthroughs just strolling among Kahn's masterpiece. View of the ocean magical any time of the day. Some may... More 

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