Media Guidelines

Media Guidelines

In addition to being one of the world’s preeminent scientific research institutions, the Salk Institute is a historical and architectural landmark. Visitors from all around the world visit our campus, which is open to the public every weekday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and is closed on weekends.

News Media

Journalists can arrange photo and video shoots with the Institute’s media relations team. For more information contact Melanie Buettner at

Recreational Photography and Videography

The following rules/guidelines for photography and videography at the Salk must be adhered to by all visitors. These are not all inclusive. Salk staff/security reserve the right to ask any visitor to leave if they determine that their behavior is in violation of photo policy or is disruptive to the Institute.

In addition, people photographing and filming at Salk must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Recreational photography and videography is allowable. This includes the use of one hand-held camera for personal use only.
  • Props, special lighting devices (such as off-camera flashes) and costumes are not permitted.
  • Professional/Commercial photography and filming for purposes of theatrical release, industrial use and public service announcements is not permitted.
  • Wedding, engagement, graduation, family portrait, model portfolio, student projects/portfolios and other types of formal and commissioned personal photography and videography are not permitted.
  • Use of drones is not permitted.
  • Use of selfie-sticks is not permitted.

For more information please call (858) 453-4100 x1371.

The Salk Institute is on private property and reserves the right to ask any individuals who are disruptive or in violation of the photography guidelines to leave the premises.

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