Visiting Salk

Salk Docent-led Architecture Tour

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Salk Docent-led Architecture Tour


The Salk Institute will be closed on the following dates:
December 11, 2019
December 23, 2019 – January 1, 2020
*Self-guided tours are open on January 2nd and 3rd, 2020 however the Salk gift shop will be closed.

Salk Docent-led Architecture Tour fees:
Groups of 1 – 14 people: $150
Groups of 15 – 29 people: $300
Groups of 30 – 44 people: $450

One hour Salk Docent-led Architecture tours are private, we do not combine groups together.

Salk Docent-led Architecture Tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Institute is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Tour requests may be submitted at least 7 working 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.

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.

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»

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

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 $3/hour.

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

Click here for parking map»

Conservation 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 teak project here». As part of its Keeping It Modern initiative, the Getty Foundation has awarded the Salk Institute a grant to begin the necessary work to support the conservation of the concrete facades. Learn more about the concrete project here».


Please use the form Below to Request a Salk Docent-led Architecture Tour

  • The price for a private docent-led tour starts at $150.00.
  • 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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