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Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: +1 858-453-4100
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Our tour guide, Ellen was excellent

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

Thank sretten
Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 28 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

Thank Bradley E
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

1 Thank Phillip L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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

Thank Simon F
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great tour, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. We had a great time and gained a lot of knowledge. Very impressed with the place and the tour.

Thank azimsanaa
St. James, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

If you like architecture, you shouldn't miss visiting the Salk Institute for a tour. The tour lasts about an hour and is given by different tour guides during the week. If you get there early, one of the "scientists" will greet you at the welcome center and talk about the research that goes on there. The setting is beautiful. Unfortunately,... More 

Thank HarlanJF
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great time this week during a private tour of the Salk Institute that was super easy to arrange via their website. The docent was super informative.

1 Thank TribecaCiti
Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Salk Institute is absolutely beautiful and has this very cool science vibe -- you can tell that important research is being done here and it lends an interesting aura to it. The views are fabulous -- it's in a pearl of a spot on the Pacific.

1 Thank HotelFreak222

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