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Salk Institute

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10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Checked this place out over the holidays and was surprised to learn that they don't charge an entrance fee, but you are required to make a conservation fee per person. I guess they need the money to maintain the place. Nevertheless the architecture and location...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TFabgirl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located between downtown La Jolla and Torrey Pines Preserve along the coast. Worth taking the time to visit.!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Philip M
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Such a beautiful, peaceful environment. World class architecture here in San Diego! I highly recommend for all architecture buffs!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DavidS15177
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We were a group of commercial contractors, the knowledgeable tour guides tailored the Architectural Tour to include building material components in addition to the rich history and scientific backdrop of the SALK Institute. It was a memorable and enlightening experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

At first we were not that impressed but in the sunset you get a completely different impression of the building. Very nice and friendly guardsmen.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful guided tour around the Salk institute - wonderful building and incredible setting. The tour was incredible, really well explained, both from the laboratories and the architecture point of view.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Maria A
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Beautiful architecture by Louis Kahn, beautiful to see, especially as close to sunset as you can visit, best in winter because you can see a sunset before they close the grounds to visitors at 5:30pm daily

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Dana S
Reviewed August 17, 2018

The gifts to humanity resulting from this confluence of brilliant minds within this setting are not surprising. This is a must-see for those who want to appreciate beauty beyond the beach.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

The tour far exceeded our expectations. Interesting and informative. We have lived in San Diego since the early '70's and although we have heard many great thing about the Institute and passed it many times we never previously took the time to visit. The tour...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cakelleys
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Be sure to arrive early to hear the 15-minute science talk on M/W/F. You definitely need a reservation for the architecture tour--I had to make mine about 6 weeks ahead for a mid-July date. You can still walk the plaza and take in the view...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Ryan G
February 21, 2017|
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Response from Gato77 | Reviewed this property |
No. Their security protocols do not permit any walk-ons.
February 15, 2016|
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Response from USCMissingLink | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding is the least of your concerns. The overbearing and rude security staff, on the other hand, might make it worth visiting any of San Diego's other attractions.