Architecture Tours

Tour Information

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Architecture Tours

The Salk campus is closed on the following dates:
Special Event – July 20, 2018
Special Event – August 20-24, 2018


For parties of 5 or less Monday through Friday at 12:00 PM



Have a party of 6 or more
Can’t make the 12:00 p.m. tour?

The Salk Institute continues to be acclaimed by architecture critics as one of the world’s boldest structures. Completed in 1965 and now designated a historical site, the Institute fulfills founder Dr. Jonas Salk’s vision of a facility with open, unobstructed laboratory interiors set in a dramatic location that inspires creativity among its researchers. The Institute rests on coastal bluffs in La Jolla, California, 350 feet above the Pacific Ocean on a 27-acre site donated by the City of San Diego. For more information about the history of the Salk Institute please click here».

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»

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

From 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the Salk Institute is pleased to offer a free “Meet a Scientist” talk. While the talk is open to the public, all tour guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy an interesting and educational chat about the latest scientific discoveries at the Institute with a Salk researcher.

Salk Public Tour Pricing
Adults: $15
Students (w/ ID), Seniors (65 and older), and Military: $10
Children 12 and under: Free
*Please note that the tour calendar only shows dates within a 3 month span
Click here for Private Group Tour pricing

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.