MATTER

Immerse yourself in the best science subscription box for adults! All science, no fluff.

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Product Overview
  • Your first box will ship on the 1st of the month, no matter what day you subscribe. All boxes ship in the first week of each month. Past boxes are available to ship immediately. Visit our direct site for information about past boxes!
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Subscriptions automatically renew. Cancel anytime
A collection of intriguing science-y things
We search planet Earth for the most interesting forms of matter. Each month we ship fossils, tools, specimens, materials, or artifacts that have been carefully selected as some of the most interesting pieces of matter in our accessible universe. Part museum, part laboratory, perfect for quarantine! Feed your curiosity or spark someone's else's.
  • 100% carbon-neutral shipping
  • Featured in Mental Floss and Buzzfeed!
  • The science club for the modern era.
  • 4–6 carefully curated items in every box

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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 Terry M., June 2019

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Q: I think this renewed but I’m unable to stop it. Can you pls help? I do not remember ordering another box. Asked by Joyce F., July 2020


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Q: I ordered a box what seems like a month ago.... where is it?? Asked by Jay H., January 2020

MATTER answered...February 2020

Hi Jay, Your first box is shipping this week! All subscription boxes ship in the first week of each month to everyone who subscribed in the previous month. Thanks for checking!


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Q: I ordered two boxes in November for my grandchildren, and I have not yet received them nor heard anything about them. My credit card shows that I was charged in November, so can you help me?Asked by Cheryl L., December 2019

I've had a great experience with Matter. If you'll read another question about Matter that appears near yours you'll see a comment from Terry at Matter as to how to contact them directly. In my experience, they respond promptly.

by Robin M., December 2019

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Awesome Box

Mar 08, 2019
Cody N.
1 Review
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10 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 9 days
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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!

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Impressed

Feb 28, 2019
Gwen
1 Review
44 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 2 months
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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...

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Matter matters!

7 days ago
Ann N.
1 Review
1 Helpful Vote
Subscribed for 19 days
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My 4th graders went crazy!! They love science. These boxes are helping them appreciate and experience Matter more! I teach science and social studies and I'm always looking for more interesting things to enjoy with my kids. We give this a unanimous 5-star rating!

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Awesome Fossils

Aug 19, 2019
Dan B.
1 Review
2 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 11 months
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Originally got this box as a fun activity for my son and I. Very disappointed to not get a fossil since all of the advertised boxes have some sort of fossil. My son and I are mesozoic era buffs, but we're also big fans of the cenozoic and hadean eras as well....but to not get anything was a big let down. Aside from the meteorite sample the rest of the items were 'meh'.

I understand that the box is meant to always be a surprise and could literally be anything (with a box called 'matter'), but was still expecting a fossil of some sort.

On a 3 month plan, so I'll change my review if the next boxes are better.

Ok the next boxes contained some awesome fossils that still catch my sons' and I's attention to this day. Renewing the 3 month plan for the COVID summer months!

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MATTER said...Aug 28, 2019

Hi Dan, Sorry if we didn't live up to your expectations this time. We try to include a fossil in most months, but due the rare nature of fossils it isn't always possible. Good news though, our September box will include a fossil!

Fantastic.

Today
James S.
1 Review
Subscribed for 10 months
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This box has been an absolute delight. I’m a teacher and there are so many cool things that I share with my class. Each item is well explained and widely varied. Also, this has arrived regularly despite the pandemic, which is more than I can say for lots of other things I order online. Love it.

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Awesome!

Yesterday
Kristin W.
1 Review
Subscribed for 20 days
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Not your same-old-stuff you can get anywhere. Interesting, informative, and highly recommended!

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Loved it

4 days ago
Ali M.
1 Review
Subscribed for 26 days
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It was so cool!

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Pretty cool

6 days ago
Kendall M.
2 Reviews
Subscribed for 13 days
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The things I got in here are pretty neat! If I was more into science stuff, I would most likely enjoy this more. But overall I'm pretty pleased with what I've gotten! thanks

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Cool stuff

Oct 08, 2020
Heidi H.
3 Reviews
Subscribed for 1 month
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All the items were interesting. I liked the the note cards that explained the items.

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Cool enough for my 14 yo nephew

Sep 14, 2020
Myleena G.
1 Review
1 Helpful Vote
Subscribed for 2 months
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My 14 yo nephew received this box. The boy with a murse who likes unusual “things”. I thought it would go great with his collection. It was a hit and now the rest of the crew wants one.

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