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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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Artitectural Tour is Great!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2016
Corona del Mar, California
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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.

1 Thank JeffBransford
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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 

1 Thank LaBernardi
Hoboken, New Jersey
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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 

2 Thank StellaHobo
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.

1 Thank fwr
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

Parking is available to see this wonderful building. A tour can be booked ahead of time. It,is,easy to just walk around outside and admire the architecture. The view is wonderful.

1 Thank MicheleColette
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This was designed by Lewis Kahn in the 1960's I believe. It is beautifully situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean and well worth a visit.

2 Thank m p
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

First, there was a brief, meet-the-scientist introduction to the Institute. Then, docent Cynthia Lynne did an expert job of showing the research center and grounds, which are beautifully sited within view of the Pacific Ocean. The building is simply constructed of exposed concrete, marble and wood, with a narrow creek of water bisecting the plaza. It's a great example of... More 

2 Thank Brent45
Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Walking through this famous work of architecture is inspiring. Timeless sense of space and attention to detail. It doesn't take long to capture the spirit.

1 Thank Ron Y
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Very informative..... Met with a scientist then a docent.... Loved it... Beautiful buildings and most worthy worthy work that they do!

2 Thank Chumley58
Washington, DC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

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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