Salk Institute For Biological Studies, San Diego

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Address: 10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, San Diego, United States

Phone: +1-8584534100

Ticket Price: 15 USD

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 11:30 am - 01:30 pm Details

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About Salk Institute For Biological Studies, San Diego

What, you might ask, are you doing at an institute for biological studies. In one word, architecture. You're here to admire one of the boldest building designs in the world, something that looks like it came out of a science fiction novel. Built in 1965 by architectural firm Loius Kahn, supervised by Jack MacAllister, it is comprised of two structures that mirror each other, on either side of a grand travertine courtyard, through which runs a straight stream. The institute offers tours, public and private, and even a 'Meet the Scientist' event, in which you're educated on the research being conducted here.

Salk Institute For Biological Studies Information

  • Arrive 10 minutes early for the tour.

Salk Institute For Biological Studies Ticket Prices

  • Students, Seniors (65 and older), and Military: $10.
  • Children 12 and under: Free.

Private tours:

  • Groups of 14 or less: $150
  • Groups of 15 – 29: $300
  • Groups of 30 – 44: $450

Salk Institute For Biological Studies Opening and Closing Hours

  • Tours are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Closed to public all other days.
  • Tours last one hour.
  • Private tour times: Monday - Friday only, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How To reach Salk Institute For Biological Studies by Public Transport

  • Bus 101 stop N Torrey Pines Rd & Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.
  • Drive to here.

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Salk Institute For Biological Studies, San Diego Reviews

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  • I would've given this 5 stars if getting to the check-in point had been clearer... Getting to the front gate was a bit confusing and seemed far from the overflow gravel parking lot as there weren't any signs directing people where to go. The instructions on the website directed us to go to the visitor center to check-in and receive a guest badge, but in reality it was a guard at the gate under an umbrella with roll of stickers to hand out to guests. The brief discussion with a researcher was very nice. We could feel the excitement for the work/research from the guy's description and in the way he answered questions enthusiastically. The tour itself was fantastic. Led by an architect, he gave just enough architectural information and side stories to keep our interest throughout the tour. When we first arrived there was a heavy fog rolling right through the center of the institution but the tour was timed well and just as the fog cleared up we were freed from the tour to take pictures and putz around in the courtyard on our own. The architecture itself is obviously gorgeous and sited nicely near cliffs/ocean. I'd definitely recommend this tour.

  • Everything about my visit to the Salk Institute was what I had hoped for, from parking (handicap for me) to the personnel's helpfulness, the knowledgeable and very pleasant docent (Amira), and best of all the incredible architecture and the siting chosen by Salk and Kahn. Only thing missing was a sunset; that will have to wait for another visit someday.

  • Such a beatiful architectural gem from Louis Kahn. Peaceful with beautiful lines and views.

  • The tour was great: informative, interesting, beautiful. The Salk Institute is a must-see in the San Diego area.

  • Awesome tour of a beautifully designed building. The directions and map were perfect. Highly recommend!

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