The STEMcell Science Shop was born in 2015 when founder, Terry Mudge, wanted to create a casual place to celebrate and explore all things science and counter the growing anti-science movement.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We think advancing these fields are critical to the development and prolonged existence of civilization. The STEMcell offers the tools and inspiration that innovators need to improve the world(s). Through sustainable business practices, we intend to only impact Earth—humanity's only known survivable zone in the entire universe—in a positive way. 

For young people, the shop introduces curious minds to the thrill of discovery and the joy of understanding. By actively promoting an evidence-based, logical approach to the world around us, we strive to create a positive change in the mean intelligence of the human species.


We love science museums and centers. But too many gift shops at these institutions leave a lot to be desired. They are often filled with cheaply-made and overpriced items all sourced from the same generic "museum gift shop" suppliers. But there is rarely any actual scientific artifacts or quality equipment to inspire patrons to pursue science themselves.

Like a science museum that doubles as its own gift shop, all of our artifacts are for sale—but there's no pressure to shop—feel free to just browse our fossils, read a book, examine the crystals, and learn some interesting stuff. Over the last few years we’ve proven that, when done well, a science shop can exist independent of a science museum. So when paired with the attraction and budget of a museum, the potential for success is huge. If your science museum/center gift shop needs some help, let us know. We’re happy to wholesale many of our products or provide consultation.

Alternatively, if you're interested supporting our business model, please see our investment page.