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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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We had a group tour and the docent was an experienced architect who brought the entire facility to life for us. Louis Kahn's collaboration with Jonas Salk resulted in an impressively functional structure and workplace for world class scientists, and a strikingly beautiful complex set...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bobolina2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

This miracle institute in an extraordinary location on the blue Pacific is a tribute to the work of both Salk and Kahn. The understated structure affords the opportunity for reflection and reverence. I recommend, in preparation for a visit, the film, My Architect, of Kahn's...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank CACameron
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have worked in 2 1960's Brutal library architecture so was not prepared to be impressed but I think the self-guided tour was one of the things that impressed me most while in San Diego. You need to reserve architect lead tours 7 days in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jo-Ann M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps because of ignorance we did not know the Salk Institute existed in La Jolla, CA, although it was built in i960. Dr, Jonas Salk, famous for creating the polio cure in 1955, and his architect Louis Kahn designed the institute to house research on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

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
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

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
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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
Thank Sightseer52518791356
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
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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.