BEST OF 2021

Box of Matter

A monthly science box of collectible scientific artifacts and gadgets to feed your curious mind!

Product Details

Collect amazing things. Learn amazing things.

Each month you'll get interesting items from around the world to build your own personal museum. You'll get prehistoric fossils, scientific tools, cutting-edge materials, historic artifacts, and other fascinating things + detailed research about them. Subscribe today & be the most interesting person you know + the smartest person in your circle!

  • All fossils are the highest quality, guaranteed authentic, and sourced from the most reputable collectors in the industry
  • 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
  • Fill your home with conversation pieces. Impress your friends. Or just build your own private museum of science
  • Each month features a variety of items so there's something for everyone, and the info cards are a great way to start your own research

Customer Questions (18)


Q: Is it too late to get the best of matter box? I've been waiting to see something posted. I am a science teacher (middle school) and my students and i love the boxes and can't wait for the best of!! Asked by Ron F., December 2020

MATTER answered...August 2021

Thanks for using our boxes in your classroom! You can find many of our past items, including best-of boxes when they are in stock, on our main website (we can't post URLs here, but you can find it in the pics on this page). Plus, teachers always get 15% off! Check the "Discounts" link at the bottom of our main site.


Q: What is the phone # for Matter, I was unable to place order online.Asked by Jeanette P., June 2019

Hi Jeanette,
Sorry if you're experiencing technical issues. Unfortunately this site won't allow me to include contact information in this reply. But my name is Terry, and I'll be happy to help you if you just hit the "Contact Seller" button at the bottom of this page and shoot me an email from there. Thank you!

by Jerry G., June 2019


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

MATTER 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.


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

MATTER 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.

Reviews (125)

Awesome Box

Mar 08, 2019
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Cody N.
1 Review
1 Picture
14 Helpful
Subscribed for 11 days

Recieved my box early, had small unique items that I thought were amazing. Getting a Computer chip from a Nasa Computer was unbelieveable for someone who actively builds customs pcs and works in tech!

MATTER said...Nov 12, 2021

This very NASA computer chip had actual telemetry data from voyager, Skylab, and some space shuttle missions pass through it!

Box of science fun and beautiful to disp

Dec 28, 2020
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Allison T.
7 Reviews
5 Pictures
5 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

Very cool box of science.. neat to display or investigate! Detailed descriptions and history and science information on a card for each of items included.
Fast shipping and quality packaging. All the items are fantastic and varied.


Feb 28, 2019
Verified Purchase
1 Review
51 Helpful
Subscribed for 6 months

Subscription boxes always look fun to me, but in the end the contents are typically disposable, consumable, or quickly grown out of. They also keep you from “putting basic math to work for you”- piecing out the contents vs price paid gets really discouraging.
HOWEVER- MATTER sends you “real” stuff. You don’t throw away a fossil or lose an owl pellet in the back of your sock drawer. I bought two 3 month subscriptions for my brothers, ages 37 and 41. What I really wanted was for someone to get a subscription for me, especially after I saw the contents in person. My 9 yr old son asked me to cancel his other subscription box and magazine so he could get MATTER.
For my brothers, the items are ultimately display/ collectible/ conversation pieces. For my son they have been thrilling to open (as with any crate) and fun to play with (there seems to always be at least one mini activity), but unusual and interesting enough that he has to circle back several times to really understand what each item is. The combination of being able to handle and keep something like a 400 million year old fossil, a bismuth crystal, or humidity gage transforms abstract information into something concrete, personal, and memorable. I like that there doesn’t seem to be an overarching theme to each box other than its namesake- (unless I’m missing something...?). It’s hard to appreciate things when they’re isolated in a textbook-style grouping (hard minerals, chapter...

We All LOVE This Box!!

Dec 30, 2018
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Tesala B.
1 Review
8 Helpful
Subscribed for 1 year

I got this for my 11 year old Daughter for Christmas and she ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! When she opened it everyone stopped opening presents for about 20 minutes just to look at everything. I REALLY ENJOYED IT and so did everyone else! I really want to thank you for putting together such an AMAZING box! This is one of the most EDUCATIONAL, FUN and UNIQUE boxes I've come across yet. I suggest you find something to safely store all of your WONDERFUL FINDS and their INFORMATION CARDS. Or, you could even find a place to display your INTERESTING SPECIMENS of MATTER!! My daughter and I can't wait for the next box!


Apr 13, 2019
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Rebecca R.
5 Reviews
19 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

The best box for science lovers and for people that love to collect really special pieces!

Loved it!!

May 23, 2019
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Ceci R.
2 Reviews
4 Helpful
Subscribed for 6 months

Loved the gift even said and I quote “best gift i’ve Had in a long time” then proceeded to examine his things... raccoon penis bone had me laughing. Great box!!

A beautiful collection of oddities!

Oct 09, 2018
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Hannah V.
1 Review
4 Helpful
Subscribed for 6 months

I can't believe I now have an authentic dinosaur tooth and a vial of cephalopod ink! This box is a real treat for anyone interested in science and natural history, and I can't wait to receive my next box. I promised myself I would only keep a subscription to a truly amazing box, and this one has exceeded my expectations! Thank you for making these artifacts available to us.

Jan 31, 2019
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Sandra S.
1 Review
4 Helpful
Subscribed for 3 years

Gave subscription to MATTER to my grandson for Christmas.
He was thrilled, said it was one of his favorite presents...
It contained scientific MATTER with detailed explanations for all the objects in the crate. Very pleased with Cratejoy

Scam dont buy this

Nov 19, 2019
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Darrell T.
1 Review
6 Helpful
Subscribed for 3 months

Ordered this box for my daughter who loves science. It has been two months and still havent recived a box yet. Also my account says i am on my second box but the first one hasn't even been shipped to me. It is not worth paying 100+ dollars for something you will never recive.

MATTER said...Dec 20, 2019

Hi Darrell,
I'm sorry you're not getting your boxes. As I mentioned in our email conversation, the tracking info on your boxes show they have been successfully delivered. We even re-attempted the most recent month by sending a replacement box, but we cannot keep sending replacements if they, too, are not reaching you.
As I said, I recommend double checking your shipping address. If you find it was an error in the address, we'd be happy to replace the months you've missed. But until then, we'll keep shipping your boxes to the address on your account since you've prepaid for them.
Also, as thousands of other subscribers can attest, our service is certainly NOT a scam.
Sorry again for this inconvenience,

Very interesting

Aug 12, 2019
Verified Purchase
1 Review
3 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 years

I really liked the cards that came with each item. Each item was very interesting and made you think more about the world around you! Can’t wait for the next one!

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