Visiting Salk

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Visiting Salk

Visiting Salk

The Salk Institute will be closed on the following dates:
October 26, 2018

The Salk Institute is a private, not-for-profit research institute. All visitors are welcome to visit the campus during normal business hours.

Normal business hours are:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • The campus is closed to visitors on weekends.

Please note:

Visitors will be asked to check in at the main gate and will receive a visitor’s badge to wear while on campus.

Visitor Parking

There is no public parking available on the Salk Institute’s campus for visitors and tour attendees. We encourage guests to use free parking along Torrey Pines Scenic Drive and in the Gliderport parking lot. Paid public parking is available for a modest fee at the Sanford Consortium lot which is located just across the street from the Salk Institute. The current fee is $1/hour.

If you plan to drive your own vehicle, please allow for an extra 15-20 minutes to park.

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Architecture Tours

Salk is pleased to offer docent-led architecture tours upon request. The tours are about 1 hour. Groups of 8 or more people must book a tour to visit the campus. Advance online reservations are required for these tours. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, click here to book a tour, or contact or call (858) 453-4100 x1287.

Salk Cafe

The Salk CulinArt café is open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Happy Bean coffee cart on campus is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Recreational photography is permitted and defined by the use of one hand-held camera without the use of any additional photo/video equipment. While taking photos, please respect other visitors and Salk staff. Any other type of photo or video shoot must be arranged with our Communications Office at (858) 453-4100 x1371 or email
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Getty Conservation Institute Efforts

Built in the early 1960s, the Salk Institute is revered around the world as a modern architectural treasure. In July 2017, Salk Institute announced with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) that conservation efforts were complete for one of the key architectural elements at the Salk Institute—its teak window walls. The project offered Salk an opportunity to be proactive in maintaining and conserving the teak for the next 50 years. Learn more about the project here»

Hotel and Car Rental Discounts
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