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

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Simon F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Sylmar, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars 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 

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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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5 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

What an outstanding site to see the buildings in this amazing setting. Enter from the front gate so that you are struck by the expansive openness onto the Pacific through the plaza. We were unable to make the tour (so double check the website as there are noon tours). however, we were able to walk around and enjoy immensely on... More 

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

When in La Jolla come to the Salk Institute and have a meditative visit. A must for architects and those that just appreciate great architecture. Designed by Louis Khan who was one of the greatest twentieth century American architects. It has the feel of an ancient monastery in a modern idiom.

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