A SCIENCE MUSEUM IN A BOX
Matter is a monthly subscription box that puts museum-grade scientific specimens in your hands. Each month's box contains a new set scientific items like fossils, artifacts, samples, specimens, activities and more—along with research cards.
Perfect for the curious teen, college student, engineer, scientist, or nerd.
- 2–5 new items every month
- Research cards with every item
- Over $60 value in every box
- Free & carbon-neutral US shipping
- Free returns or item swaps
- Recommended for ages 13+
"It scratches the itch for weird (but awesome!) stuff in the mail."
"Every science lover needs this"
"A gift that keeps on giving year-round"
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Every month's box has all-new items, but here's some of the common types of items to expect. Think of these like personal museum exhibits.
Fossils are the rocky remains of previous lifeforms that called this planet home millions to billions of years before we came along.
We source our fossils from the most trusted experts in the field, often digging up the creatures themselves.
Preserve these precious remains like your personal museum of natural history.
Artifacts are like synthetic fossils—objects that were created by humans doing important scientific things.
By preserving these relics, you're creating a record of our species' advancement.
Our artifacts go through a tedious process of provenance verification and expert authentication.
Exotic Rocks & Minerals
Our species made it's first big leap—into the Stone Age—when we discovered we coud make useful stuff with rocks. And we've been hooked on them since.
Learn about the physical properties and scientific applications of natural rocks, crystals, and minerals.
Note: We love a good crystal, but you won't find any metaphysical properties here.
These fragments of other worlds ended up colliding with our speck of a planet after drifting through the immense void of the universe.
Meteorites are among the most precious items we feature, which is why we have each of our meteorites fully analyzed, authenticated, and classified.
...And Much More
Other items have included research equipment, experiments, clever trinkets, and interesting gizmos.
We've even partnered with some of the biggest online names in science, like @physicsfun and Tyler Thrasher to develop new and innovative scientific items not available anywhere else.
Your first box will ship asap. Subsequent boxes will be delivered monthly, quarterly, or annually—it's up to you.
Each month's batch typically ships within the first week of each month—barring any supply chain disruptions.
Shipping within the US is free for the duration of your subscription, and international shipping has been reduced as much as possible.
There are some items we cannot ship internationally which we'll substitute with comparable items.
We prioritize reusable, recyclable, and compostable packaging materials and offset all shipping emmissions.
Subscribers can choose to pause, modify, or end their subscription at any time from their account page.
You can even apply current promotions toward your next renewal from your account.
As a bonus, current matter subscribers will receive a custom code to take 15% off all purchases from Stemcell Science Shop, as well as exclusive pricing on our annual Best of Matter box.
I love thé items that come in my science subscription box. I love thé cards that come with it describing the items and their purpose, history. The items are of high quality and super interesting and neat. I use them for myself and educating even my kids with. Helps me keep the healthy wonder of the world around me.
Very intriguing. Gave as a gift. They loved it and said they will probably subscribe for more. Definitely moneys worth.
I've been subscribing to the box for a few months — I'm so happy when it shows up. It always has plenty of interesting things... I've got myself a little collection now and intend to keep adding to it!
I am so thrilled to have found this subscription! It scratches the itch for weird (but awesome!) stuff in the mail.
I LOVE getting my Matter Box every month.
As a teacher, I open it with my science students and all of us experience the joy of discovering something amazing we never knew existed. I've made several lessons based on what we find inside!