BEST OF 2022

Box of Matter

by Stemcell Science Shop
A monthly box of scientific collectibles to inspire curious minds! Actual fossils, artifacts, meteorites, and scientific specimens delivered in every box. Now with free US shipping!
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Start your home science museum

Each box includes scientific collectibles from around the world (and beyond) to build your personal science museum. Things like prehistoric fossils, meteorites, scientific tools, cutting-edge materials, historic artifacts & more, plus research cards for each item. Send a monthly inspirational care package to your student, engineer, or scientist.
  • Featured in Mental Floss, Buzzfeed, Futurism, USA Today, and more. Hundreds more 5-star reviews at our main site
  • 100% carbon neutral. We plant a tree for every box ordered + all packaging is either reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  • Each month features fresh items complete with research cards full of new rabbit holes to go down
  • Fossils and artifacts are guaranteed authentic and sourced from highly reputable collectors
  • NEW: Free US Shipping (and reduced International Shipping)

Customer Questions (5)

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Q: Are boxes always different or do they repeat? Thinking of renewing a third time and want to make sure it's not the same box. Asked by Phoebe B., May 2021

Stemcell Science Shop answered...May 2021

The items are new every month.


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Q: Would this be appropriate for a curious 10yo? My son loves to examine, touch, explore. I know he would love the items but is he old enough to appreciate it fully? Thanks a loving MomAsked by Kim M., December 2019

Stemcell Science Shop answered...December 2019

Hi Kim,
We curate our boxes so most items are suitable/understandable for most ages (i.e. prehistoric fossils, interesting trinkets, minerals, activities, etc.) But as you said, some items may be difficult for kids to appreciate (i.e. aerogel—the lightest solid material humans have ever created—as well as pure element samples). For this reason, we include informative cards that can help adults explain the significance and provide a starting point for further research.


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Q: Hi, how much is the international delivery charge? Is it charged every month? Thanks! Asked by Sheena, July 2019

Stemcell Science Shop answered...July 2019

Hi Sheena, Our shipping charge to Canada is $10/box and everywhere else in the world is $14/box. We use USPS First Class postage to keep this cost as low as possible, and we’ll continue to seek out ways to bring it even lower.
–Terry M.


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Q: Is there anyway to pay now and have the first box start in January? I want to give for Christmas.Asked by Sarah M., November 2021

Stemcell Science Shop answered...November 2021

Yes! Once you subscribe, contact us through the Cratejoy contact form and we can change the start date for you.

Order it mid-December, it usually ships the first week of each month.

by Edward J., November 2021

Reviews (176)

A solid five!

Nov 09, 2022
Sharon C.
1 Review

Shared birthday present this year; 12 interesting surprises. Arrived safely. We tried to postpone opening till the weekend, but curiosity would not allow for further delay. We might do better next time?! Expectations were satisfied. Impressed with the quality & detail. Looking forward to the next… Thank You, The Stemcell shop! X

Fascinating Finds

Nov 09, 2022
Alexander T.
1 Review

Some really cool stuff in here. I promise, you have no idea what kind of cool stuff you’ll get in this box.

Amazing Box!

Nov 04, 2022
Jen D.
1 Review

This is such a fun box! I’m not even a super sciency person, but love to learn about the different things that come. And it’s going to make for an amazing collection of items!

great

Nov 04, 2022
Maddie D.
1 Review

partner and i look forward to the next month! both of us being science geeks, it’s a great little reward for both of us.

Fantastic box full of surprises!

Nov 04, 2022
David B.
1 Review

This is really one of the best subscription boxes I've ever had. My kids and I look forward to it arriving so we can add everything to our growing collection and read about all the unique items. You never know what you're going to get but it's all going to be exciting to learn about, handle, and use. It's like getting your own little museum exhibit delivered every month (but none of it's behind glass!). So glad I found out about Stemcell; it's my new go to shop for gifts for my science loving family!

Great Subscription Box

Nov 04, 2022
Ellen E.
1 Review

Loved the subscription box I got! Really neat stuff and I liked the cards it came with explaining everything.

Unexpected and Rewarding

Nov 04, 2022
April S.
1 Review

My son spent an afternoon poring over the information cards, cross-referencing with his own books on elements and fossils, and deciding where to place his items within his collection of antiquities and eccentric items. The sample box was amazing and convinced me that he should have a subscription. This first installment was everything he hoped it would be.

Excellent First Box

Nov 04, 2022
Donna D.
1 Review

I really loved my first box. The items have piqued my interest in studying them more, particularly the fulgurite. I am looking forward to future boxes!

2nd Box We Have Gotten

Nov 04, 2022
Scott G.
1 Review

So far we LOVE our subscription. Both boxes we have gotten have had some pretty cool and interesting stuff. The first box had FOSSILIZED POOP!!!! What kid isn't going to want to learn about that? By kid I mean me, the 48 year old dad :) hahaha. Love it. Can't wait until the next one comes.

Fun!

Nov 04, 2022
Hayden R.
1 Review

I got this box for myself (an adult nerd) and I loved it. So much fun and interesting items. I recommend for kids or adults :)

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Past boxes from Box of Matter

March 2021

March 2021

A prehistoric fossil, a specialty tool, a piece of one of the oldest computer programs, the tooth of a beast, and a unique mineral specimen.

April 2021

April 2021

A prehistoric fossil, an elegantly simple tool, like items from around the world, a very old mineral, a material with a memory, and an essential tool for geologists.

May 2021

May 2021

A prehistoric fossil, a naturally-shaped crystal, a metal with a long history, an industrial tool, a cutting tool, and our first digital item.

June 2021

June 2021

A prehistoric fossil, a material made for space travel, a tool for measuring the wind, a mineral with an optical phenomenon, and a radioactive element.

July 2021

July 2021

A tool to demonstrate the power of the sun, a precision optical device, a fragile piece of a creature, and more...

August 2021

August 2021

A piece of one of the most advanced machines ever built, a pure element, a half-billion year old fossil, and more...

September 2021

September 2021

Woolly Mammoth fur from the permafrost, an artifact of tech history, a useful bag, and more...

October 2021

October 2021

This box includes a piece of film technology, an unusual fossil, and a scientific bag.

November 2021

November 2021

This box includes an electrifying fossil, chemical energy, an interesting metal, and more.

December 2021

December 2021

This box includes an ancient scientific document, a radioactive substance, a piece of the world's largest organism, and more.

January 2022

January 2022

Our most valuable box yet! This box includes a PIECE OF ANOTHER PLANET and more.

September 2022

September 2022

This box will contain a hand-blown glass Klein Bottle—a mathematical object to help think about higher spatial dimensions—and more.


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