Visiting Salk

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Visiting Salk

Visiting Salk

The Salk Institute campus will be closed to tours and the general public on the following days:
June 19-28 (for construction related to the Teak Restoration Project)
July 4 (in observance of the Independence Day holiday)

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:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • No groups larger than 5 will be allowed in unless they have a tour
  • The campus is closed on weekends.

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

Salk is pleased to offer guided architecture tours at Noon Monday through Friday. The one-hour tours are led by trained and knowledgeable docents. Groups of six or larger must book a private group tour. Advance online reservations are required for all architecture tours. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, contact or call (858) 453-4100 x1287 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays.

At 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the Salk Institute is pleased to offer a free “Meet-A-Scientist” talk. All visitors are welcome to enjoy an interesting and educational chat about the latest scientific discoveries at the Institute with a Salk researcher. The talks take place in the Red Brick Courtyard just outside the Reception Area.

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.
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Please expect to see extensive scaffolding covering the buildings and major construction through July 1, 2017. Built in the early 1960s, the Salk Institute is revered around the world as a modern architectural treasure. The buildings are generally in excellent condition, but the original teak has proved to be the weakest component and has aged 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.