Today, March 26, 2021, would have been the late Leonard Nimoy’s 90th birthday. And to honor the legendary Star Trek actor the City of Boston declared today Leonard Nimoy Day. And the Boston Museum of Science just announced they are partnering with the Nimoy family to develop a memorial honoring him and his famed Vulcan Salute.
Vulcan Salute monument at Boston Museum of Science
We first reported on the Nimoy memorial effort late last year, but at that time a design, location, and other details had not been finalized. Today the Boston Museum of Science announced the development of the monument honoring the Boston native, which will be located at the museum. The current plan calls for a 20-foot, illuminated, stainless steel monument shaped in the famous “Live Long and Prosper” Vulcan salute developed by Nimoy for Star Trek. The sculpture designed by artist David Phillips will be located in front of the museum, at Science Park.
“The “Live Long and Prosper” symbol represents a message that my dad believed so strongly in,” said Julie Nimoy, daughter of the Star Trek legend. “My dad always loved Boston and he would be honored knowing that the Museum of Science would be the permanent home to this memorial. The sculpture not only depicts one of the world’s most recognized and loved gestures for peace, tolerance, and diversity, but it will also be a beautiful tribute to my dad’s life and legacy.”
Leonard Nimoy was born in the West End of Boston, just blocks from where the Museum of Science is now located. In the 1980’s Nimoy collaborated with the Museum of Science as the recognizable voice of the introduction film of the Mugar Omni Theater which continues to welcome millions of audience members for more than 30 years.
“Leonard Nimoy was one of our own. Growing up a few blocks from the Museum of Science, he never forgot his immigrant roots. He was, and forever will be, a beloved part of our Museum family,” says Tim Ritchie president of the Museum of Science. “He lifted our aspirations and hopes through his commitment to science, intellectual curiosity, generosity, and, yes, logic. He reminded us about the best part of humanity and gave us a vision for building a society based on reason and tolerance. The opportunity to pay tribute to him is a great honor and what better day to make this announcement than on what would have been his 90th birthday.”
The Museum of Science and the Family of Leonard Nimoy will collaborate on the next phases of development of the Leonard Nimoy memorial sculpture which will include finalizing site plan, fundraising, and construction. Those interested in donating to the memorial fund can visit mos.org/Nimoy.