Architecture Tours

Tour Information

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Architecture Tours

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


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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 guided architecture tours, Monday through Friday with advance reservations. The one-hour tours are led by trained and knowledgeable docents. Tour requests may be submitted at least 7 working days prior to the prospective tour date. For more information about arranging a private tour please visit

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.

Salk Architecture Tour Pricing

Groups of 14 or less: $150
Groups of 15 – 29: $300
Groups of 30 – 44: $450

Larger groups can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

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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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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.