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Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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An architectural masterpiece

Be sure to schedule your tour in advance and leave time to park & check-in. Our docent, Barbara, was outstanding. She lives in the immediate neighborhood of the Institute and is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 15, 2017
Redondo Beach, CA
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Redondo Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Be sure to schedule your tour in advance and leave time to park & check-in. Our docent, Barbara, was outstanding. She lives in the immediate neighborhood of the Institute and is very knowledgeable in both architecture and the Institute itself. Even though there is exterior wood refurbish work underway now (until about mid-2017) there is much to see, experience and... More 

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Cape May Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

You must schedule a tour, but it is worth it. We stopped by and then went back. It was so interesting, perhaps since Louis Kahn has several building I know in Philadelphia. It was so perfectly situated and also well designed for scientists. So interesting to hear all this and see if.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We will go back since we live in SD. Probably in the Fall when the scaffolding comes down. Great insight as now Louis Kahn, the architect, has an exhibit at the SD museum of art.

Thank sretten
Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Must see for fans of architect Louis Kahn. "River of Life" is spectacular. Docent was very knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

No place in San Diego reminds me more of the futuristic distopian movie "A Clockwork Orange". This place is full of brilliant scientists, and it is a world class research institution. Its architecture looks like a place you might find some droogs lurking about

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

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 September 30, 2016 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 September 25, 2016 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 September 25, 2016

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.

Thank azimsanaa
St. James, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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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