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10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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.

Thank Maria A
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Beautiful architecture by Louis Kahn, beautiful to see, especially as close to sunset as you can visit, best in winter because you can see a sunset before they close the grounds to visitors at 5:30pm daily

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

The gifts to humanity resulting from this confluence of brilliant minds within this setting are not surprising. This is a must-see for those who want to appreciate beauty beyond the beach.

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

The tour far exceeded our expectations. Interesting and informative. We have lived in San Diego since the early '70's and although we have heard many great thing about the Institute and passed it many times we never previously took the time to visit. The tour...More

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Reviewed July 19, 2018

Be sure to arrive early to hear the 15-minute science talk on M/W/F. You definitely need a reservation for the architecture tour--I had to make mine about 6 weeks ahead for a mid-July date. You can still walk the plaza and take in the view...More

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Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

We are lucky to be surrounded by great minds that pursue excellence in philosophy, architecture, and science!! This place is pure beauty and excellence in spirit, expression, and execution!!

Thank mae855
Reviewed June 14, 2018

Awesome architecture, modern and minimalistic, in an even better locations. Worth a walk around to admire it from all sides

Thank sfaccin
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Stunning architectural masterpiece by one of America"s premier architects. Great views of the Pacific too.

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