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Review of Salk Institute

Salk Institute
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #13 of 76 things to do in La Jolla
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
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“Awesome place”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

The quality of science, the architecture of the location and the overal atmosphere makes this a world class site.

Visited March 2012
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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“Iconic architectural monument to science”
Reviewed April 25, 2012

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this famous group of buildings is a temple celebrating the triumph of science and rationalism as one of the pinnacles of human achievement. Although some find the concrete slab construction to be cold and intimidating, others like me find the simplicity and relationship of the structure to the physical site to be exhilarating, with its central plaza opening toward the sea and sky; walking through and around the buildings is like inhabiting a piece of sculpture, with startling views of pools and plantings framed by stairways, arches and jutting walls. The visionary structural concepts are also reflected in the flexible, open layout of the research spaces, which can be glimpsed through walls of glass that run the length of each laboratory unit, scientists can unobtrusively be glimpsed at work. Guided tours are available. It's a must-see.

Visited April 2012
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
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“Amazing Architecture for a Scientific Institute”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

Incredible architectural tour (Free!) of this unique Louis Kahn designed facility for scientific research. Very specialized and "thinking outside the box" approach in the design of this world-class facility. Especially breathtaking from an architectural point of view, with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Visited December 2011
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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131 reviews
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“Didn't know what to expect of this tour”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

We had an excellent architectural tour of the Institute property and buildings that was led by a female architect who was well-versed and very friendly. A brief survey of our group found that we consisted of a few architects and engineers, along with various other backgrounds (like ours) and one neuro-scientist who works there in one of the labs. The simplicity and open spaces make up a relaxing outdoor atmosphere, and then we walked past the labs full of equipment and people working to see that there really was work going on there. It is well worth planning ahead to take this 12:00 noon tour, and the on-line registration should be done 2 days in advance since the groups have to be limited in size.

1 Thank Elaine C
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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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“Architectural masterpiece”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

This is my favorite architectural site in San Diiego. Very modern with a lot of concrete. The setting is magnificent, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The fact that it is one of the world's premier science labs adds to the aura.

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