Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Visitors will be asked to check in at the main gate and will receive a visitor’s badge to wear while on campus.
All tour registration must be done online using the Salk Institute website. Please visit https://www.salk.edu/events/tour-information/ for tour registration. 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 https://www.salk.edu/custom-architecture-tours/.
Walk-in guests are permitted on campus Monday – Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. All visitors must check-in with the security guard at the front gate upon arrival. A self-guided architecture map is available.
If you are unable to attend your tour or need to reschedule to a new date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 453-4100 x1287. All tours must be cancelled or rescheduled at least 2 business days before the scheduled tour date for a full refund.
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.
No, all architecture tours will happen rain or shine.
No. The Salk Institute campus is closed on weekends and holidays and is not accessible to the general public.
No. All Salk architecture tours are outdoors on our main travertine courtyard. Tour groups do not go inside the laboratories, upstairs/downstairs, or in any areas of the buildings that are not a part of the designated tour route.
Yes. Our tours can accommodate those who need ADA accessibility.
Yes. Donation envelopes are available at the front desk. We accept cash, credit cards or checks (made out to the Salk Institute) or click here to make an online donation.
Yes. Our Salk café is open from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We also have a coffee cart on campus open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We do not recommend young children or babies coming on the tour as they may distract the group or tour guide. The Salk architecture tour is geared toward architects and adults interested in architecture.
No. We recommend leaving all strollers in the car as there are stairs on the tour route.
Taxis are the easiest, however we do have a bus stop in front of the Institute. Here is a link to San Diego’s MTS trip planner: http://www.sdmts.com/Planning/googleTP.asp
Large groups are not permitted on campus unless a tour has been booked with the tour program coordinator. To arrange a tour, please visit https://www.salk.edu/custom-architecture-tours/.
Recreational shoots are permitted and are considered to be people who use 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 department (858) 453-4100 x1371.
Click here for photo guidelines.