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Address: 10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Highlight of my trip to California!

A true architectural gem! Having a tour guide who was a practicing local architect, who could talk enthusiastically about the concept, history and details of the building and its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A true architectural gem! Having a tour guide who was a practicing local architect, who could talk enthusiastically about the concept, history and details of the building and its architect, Louis Kahn was a real unexpected treat! Make sure you book in advance online to do the architectural tour, although you can look around unaccompanied if a short notice visit.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky to be there on a Monday and have Ellen as our guide. Even though there is scaffolding for the refurbishment, she was so interesting and had so many facts and stories. We could get the "feel" for the building and the amazing architecture of Louis Kahn. We were a party of 4 and were glad to get... More 

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Redondo Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 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 30 November 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.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 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 27 October 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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 30 September 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 25 September 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

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