Walking up to the Salk Institute, you may think, "Yuck, how cold and clinical looking it is!" But after you take the tour you will leave feeling almost the opposite about it. Let's start with Dr. Salk, the man who is credited with creating the first effective Polio vaccine. To prove its safety, he vaccinated both of his small children and himself in 1954. One year later it was available to everyone. And get this: he did not patent the vaccine! He believed medicine should be for the public good.
After that, he was considered a medical rock star, and had no problem raising money for his new research initiative, The Salk Institute. Louis Kahn, an architecture rock star, was hired to design the state-of-the-art buildings. They were a match made in heaven, as your tour guide will tell you. Every detail here has a meaning and a function. Our tour guide was an architect herself, which really made the tour worthwhile.
The tour is $15 and requires a reservation, but if you love art and architecture, you will absolutely eat it up.