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Come and share in the excitement. Our doors are open, and we love talking about our science.

Take a virtual tour of our campus

We can’t wait until we can host you for a tour of our campus again! In the meantime, we invite you to accompany Buck Professor Gordon Lithgow for a virtual tour of our buildings and research labs. You’ll see our beautiful I.M Pei designed facilities and hear about the breakthrough science happening at the Buck. Scroll down to see the video. 

Tours are held every Thursday at 10:30am and will resume in 2021. For now, please join us on a virtual tour below! (Scroll down to view our virtual tour.)

Please note: Out of an abundance of caution, the Buck is suspending gatherings of outside groups through 2020 due to concerns about transmission of COVID-19.

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Now that we can't see you in person this will have to do for a while.

The architecture of the Buck Institute is as distinctive as its science

World-renowned architect I.M. Pei was so interested in the mission of the Institute that he unexpectedly responded to a request to submit a proposal to create the campus. He designed a unique, inspirational space that fosters creative interaction among our scientists and harmonizes with the beautiful Marin County landscape.

We're not getting any younger. Yet.

We have big plans to capitalize on the important discoveries we have made. While the Buck is committed to continuing a strong focus on basic science, we look forward to expanding our translational research efforts and moving into clinical applications. Our success in growing the field of aging has resulted in our own need to add more people and more space to put them. Fortunately, we have a plan for that, too.

Shovel ready!

I.M. Pei’s original campus design, which became a part of the Buck’s master plan, envisioned a five-building complex. As such, conceptual and schematic designs for two additional buildings are complete. Since both will sit on existing entitlements, the environmental impact review has been accepted, the design has been approved by the City of Novato, and the water and sewer allocations are in place. As soon as funding is in place, we will be ready to go.

Translational Center

The logical first step in our build-out effort will be to construct a Translational Center to bring our discoveries one step closer to the clinic. The Translational Center/Pre-clinical Science Building will be a 60,000-square-foot research facility that is focused specifically on translating the basic biology of aging into meaningful pharmaceutical interventions aimed at impeding age-related diseases. The building will contain wet and dry lab research space for 8 to 12 scientists, an expansion of our existing vivarium, and state-of-the-art Proteomics and Electrophysiology cores.

Clinical geroscience

The Clinical Geroscience Building will signal a major new initiative and inflection point for the Buck. Clinical, research, and translational activities will be intertwined, with a focus on health maintenance and adult wellness. The 57,000-square-foot facility will be organized to provide opportunities for clinicians and researchers to effectively collaborate. Plans include the establishment of the Bay Area Aging Cohort Study, which will focus both on healthy adults and adults who are facing major health challenges.

Directions

The Buck Institute is located 25 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Airport/San Francisco/South Bay:

  • Take Highway 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Take the last Novato exit — Atherton/San Marin Drive (just north of the DeLong exit)
  • Turn left at the stoplight, and go west over the freeway overpass
  • Get in the right lane, and turn right at the second stoplight onto Redwood Boulevard
  • Go approximately ½ mile, and turn left onto Buck Center Drive
  • At the top of the hill, turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot

Berkeley/Oakland/Oakland International Airport:

  • Take Highway 80 to Highway 580 West, and cross the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge
  • Take 580 until it merges with Highway 101 North in San Rafael
  • Take the last Novato exit — Atherton/San Marin Drive (just north of the DeLong exit)
  • Turn left at the stoplight, and go west over the freeway overpass
  • Get in the right lane, and turn right at the second stoplight onto Redwood Boulevard
  • Go approximately ½ mile, and turn left onto Buck Center Drive
  • At the top of the hill, turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot

From Sonoma County, take Highway 101 South:

  • Take the first Novato exit (Atherton/San Marin Drive)
  • Turn right at the stoplight, and stay in the right lane
  • Take an immediate right onto Redwood Boulevard
  • Go approximately ½ mile, and turn left onto Buck Center Drive
  • At the top of the hill, turn left into the Visitor Parking Lot

Join the fight against age-related diseases

You don’t have to be a scientist to make an important contribution to research on aging. We rely on donations to support the science that we believe will add years to people’s lifespan and decades to their healthspan.

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