Private Architecture Tours

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Private Architecture Tours

Private Architecture Tours


Private tour Fees:
Groups of 14 or less: $150
Groups of 15 – 29: $300
Groups of 30 – 44: $450

Larger groups can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that all private tour requests must be made no earlier than 3 months prior to the date of your requested tour date.

The Salk Institute is a not-for-profit 501-c3 research institute and all proceeds from the Architecture tour program support the Institute’s wide-ranging scientific inquires that have yielded a steady flow of life-changing discoveries.

Please expect to see extensive scaffolding around the building and major construction during tours occurring between September 1, 2015 and July 1, 2017.

The Salk Institute is more than 50 years old now, a historic milestone for a campus that is revered around the world as a modern architectural treasure. The buildings are generally in terrific condition, but the teak is the weakest component of the materials used in its construction and thus aging the most quickly. The Salk Institute has partnered with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) to develop the Teak Fenestration Conservation Program, which will follow international best-practices in conservation, restoration and replacement of the building structures. The project offers Salk an opportunity to be proactive in maintaining and conserving the teak for the next 50 years. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to conserve the integrity of the Salk Institute.

Thank you for your interest in a private group tour of the Salk Institute. Group tours may be scheduled for Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Institute is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Group tour requests must be submitted at least 7 business days prior to the prospective tour date. You will receive an email with further instructions within two business days if space is available on the date you have requested.

For more information please see our FAQ or contact Salk tours at tours@salk.edu or (858) 453-4100, Ext. 1287.

Please use the form Below to Request a Private Group Architecture Tour

  • Please choose dates at least 7 days in advance so that we may schedule a tour guide.
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  • Please choose dates at least 7 days in advance so that we may schedule a tour guide.
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