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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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Architecture Tour

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 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.

2 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 

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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 

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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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.

2 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.

3 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 

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