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Salk Institute

10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
+1 858-453-4100
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
+1 858-453-4100
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is a must for almost everyone (maybe not young children) as the "iconic" architecture, building materials, history of the institute, life changing scientific discoveries, and the location with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop are all ingredients that make this one of San...More

Thank ellen3618
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tour has optional meet the scientist presentation prior. Researcher shared cancer studies. The presentation was very interesting. Although the architecture style is not my favorite, it was interesting to learn the process. I appreciated the historical background. Our tour guide also shared stories regarding the...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended the tour on November 6, led by a docent who is the wife of an architect. She was pleasant, informative and patient. We saw the library and the auditorium, as well as being given an appreciation of the architectural excellence of the buildings...More

Thank Leonard J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a local, we were inspired to tour the Salk Institute after visiting a recent Kahn exhibit. We booked in advance on-line for the tour which takes place at noon on weekdays. Parking is roughly a 7 minute walk down the road in a dusty...More

3  Thank lwew
Reviewed 31 October 2017

I saw this site for the first time in the movie My Architect about Louis Kahn, I have always dreamt to visit it and I got the opportunity. Wow, it is a true masterpiece. Absolutely stunning! Ellen , the lady who hold my tour, has...More

Thank fedartuk
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Jonas Salk discovered the vaccine for polio and gave his discovery away - freely. His Salk Institute now houses 1100 researchers looking into an array of ills from Alzheimer's to autism. In the early 1960's, he commissioned Louis Kahn to create an inspiring place for...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

There is a small docent led tour at 12 noon on weekdays. If you join on a M-W-F a science talk occurs at 11.30 a.m. that tour participants may come early to join. If you can't snag a tour slot, then you can walk on...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Yes, You have to be interested in this famous architect and brutalist architecture. But for those architectural fans, this is one of the most famous and most successful brutalist structures in the world. Combine that with the foundation's budget to maintain the building, and you...More

Thank Russ855
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

I've enjoyed a number of architecture tours but the style here was not to my taste. It is a lovely location with the ocean view but felt like it wasn't enhanced by the building. One description in the tour was of the building as a...More

Thank MOBX
Reviewed 19 August 2017

An architecture fan but not a fan of brutalism --perhaps why been meaning to but has taken me years to get down here for a tour. Well worth it if only to access the inner commons area, which like other reviews noted is the best...More

1  Thank LVinWA
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Ryan G
21 February 2017|
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Response from Gato77 | Reviewed this property |
No. Their security protocols do not permit any walk-ons.
15 February 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.