BEST OF 2021

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 (19)

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Q: The six month subscription cost $29.99 a month yesterday. Why did the price go up by $10 a box?Asked by Kathy S., November 2021

Stemcell Science Shop answered...November 2021

The price of the Matter box varies based on the duration of the subscription and any coupons applied to your cart. There are currently some promotions on our page that can get the cost of the box down to near that price for a 12 month subscription before shipping and tax.


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Q: I have sent TWO messages asking where my box is that I ordered on Oct 1st! It’s now Nov 5th and still no box and no response from your company! I will give until the end of today before I cancel!Asked by Tammy B., November 2021

Stemcell Science Shop answered...November 2021

Your first box will ship in the first week of next month, no matter what day you subscribe. All boxes ship in the first week of each month.


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Q: We subscribed Sept 9, it's now the 27th, and we're wondering when subscription will start. We sent two messages to Box of Matter through account email, but have yet received no response. Please adviseAsked by Margaret B., September 2021

Stemcell Science Shop answered...September 2021

Thank you for subscribing in September! Your box will begin shipping out the first week of October.


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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.

Reviews (138)

Not thrilled

Sep 17, 2022
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Joseph K.
1 Review
Subscribed for 3 months

Very disappointed in the latest Matter Box. We opened it, pulled out the flask and the mobius strip and that was it. Honestly we felt ripped off.
We have subscribed to this box previously and feel this one was not up to the usual standards.

No show

Sep 05, 2022
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Sarah M.
3 Reviews
Subscribed for 19 days

I am very disappointed at the fact that I ordered and paid over three weeks ago yet I have I not received anything in the mail and I was so excited to see what I was getting this box actually is the most interesting box the cratejoy has to offer in my opinion.i hope that something shows up soon or Im gonna have to cancel

Fun and Educational

Jun 21, 2022
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Lisa D.
1 Review
Subscribed for 7 months

Great box - I look forward to it every month. There's no other box like this - fun and educational. I can't wait to show my collection to my great-nieces and nephews when they're older.

We love this box

Apr 27, 2022
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Lauren L.
1 Review
1 Helpful
Subscribed for 5 months

This box is amazing. We got it for our son thinking it might be fun for a few months. He asked to renew it because it is so great. Opening it is a family event now. The box has contained some truly astounding and unique objects such as a piece of a Mars meteorite, NASA film, antique medical supplies, fossils, gems and pearls, historically interesting pieces....it is a joy to have a subscription box that is so inspirational.

Just ok.

Jun 29, 2022
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Lainie O.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 months

I was really excited about this but our first box was a snooze fest. We have two more and, unless they get more interesting, I will not renew.

Best item yet?

May 17, 2022
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Michael F.
1 Review
Subscribed for 11 months

Best item yet? Ferrofluid. (Or Marian meteorite)

I've gotten 2/3 boxes and heres my take

Apr 05, 2022
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Willow P.
1 Review
1 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

I got the Matter Box. I agree with some of the reviews, the price does seem a bit high compared to what you get with this box. One of the vials came shattered so be careful opening your box, you may have some broken glass. I ordered 3 months and am only on month one.
------ Month 2 update -------
I decided to come back and update this. They sent only 3 items this month, one being a tube of powdered dye. Some must have spilled in the boxes during shipment (the tube was sealed on arrival). However, there was dye all over everything including our hands and floor. Please don't ever do this again. the other two items (also covered in the dye) were some film from a NASA mission and a rock. Didn't quite feel like this one was really worth it either. I'll be back with my review of the 3rd box when I get it.
Hopefully no glass or dyes. eek.

Neat items, great quality!

Jan 21, 2022
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Heather G.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 months

We have loved our two boxes so far! The items included are unique and super cool! It has become a family affair opening our box!

Description Missing

Mar 08, 2022
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Matthew F.
1 Review
Subscribed for 3 months

The first box was great fun, and we enjoyed the array of cool artifacts and objects to learn about. However, the second box arrived without any of the explanation cards, so we have no idea what some of the items are, rendering them effectively worthless. I have sent two messages to the seller with no response.

General review

Feb 04, 2022
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Kristine F.
1 Review
Subscribed for 2 months

I enjoyed getting fossils and rocks. Other stuff was neat as well though.

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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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