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Address: 10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1099
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Salk Institute Tour

The Salk Institute tour was one of the highlights of our recent visit to the San Diego area. The campus is an inspiration and it was wonderful to learn more about the goals Jonas... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Salk Institute tour was one of the highlights of our recent visit to the San Diego area. The campus is an inspiration and it was wonderful to learn more about the goals Jonas Salk had and the evolution of the design. The tour guide was passionate, knowledgeable and entirely delightful. The pre-tour "Meet a Scientist" talk was also well... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing experience to see one of the world's most iconic buildings by one of the world's most iconic architects, Louis I Kahn. Seeing it in person is so much more than what you would imagine. The docent was gracious, enthusiastic, and shared great stories. I would say if you're even considering it, don't miss it!

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We live just down the road and have several friends who are scientists at Salk. The scientific work done at Salk is amazing. The neuroscience represents some of the world's top accomplishments. If you have a chance, visit the Salk and ask to go on an architectural tour. Louis Kahn was the architect who designed this stately minimalist enclave of... More 

Thank 2beans2000
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Louis Kahn's work and this building in particular are among my favorite buildings in the world. When I found myself in San Diego on business, I had to play hooky for an hour or so to make the pilgrimage. If I lived in the area, I'd come here often. There are so many layers of meaning, form, and function, to... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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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Reviewed 16 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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Cape May Beach
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Reviewed 15 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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Reviewed 1 December 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.

2 Thank sretten
Annapolis, Maryland
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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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