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
42 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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cool

Sep 10, 2020
Cindy B.
1 Review
Subscribed for 16 days
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Absolutely cool little things that I enjoy. I gave away a few to family who enjoy them more, and now I'm a hero.

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Awesome Fossils

Aug 19, 2019
Dan B.
1 Review
1 Helpful Vote
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!

Cool enough for my 14 yo nephew

6 days ago
Myleena G.
1 Review
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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Amazing!

Jul 15, 2020
Audrey V.
1 Review
Subscribed for 17 days
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These boxes are incredible, and the supplier is very easy to work with and flexible. They are not just for kids, as I learned a lot from them, too. Definitely reommend!

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A warning to British customers

Jun 16, 2020
Laura S.
2 Reviews
Subscribed for 24 days
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I am yet to receive my box. But I wanted to warn British customers about the additional shipping fees that unfortunately, in my eyes, make it not worth it.

I subscribed month-by-month so that I could get just 1 box for my partner's birthday. That cost $39.95.

Add on shipping, and it came to $51.97.

I then received a letter this morning saying I need to pay import tax of £17.78 (roughly $22.51) before I can receive the box.

That's $74.48 for one box.

I wish I had known this before even getting the month by month subscription. It's just not worth it.

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Worth it!

May 24, 2020
Keirstyn H.
3 Reviews
Subscribed for 1 month
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I absolutely loved my first box! The items were crazy awesome and with the cards that came with it made it a really fun way to learn! I will definitely subscribe to this box again to share with my younger sisters so we can all explore and learn together!

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"Could you sign me up for more?"

May 01, 2020
Marla V.
1 Review
Subscribed for 20 days
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Bought this box for our 11 year old son. When he opened it, he literally said "Are you going to write a review on Yelp or something like that? Because this box is really cool. Could you sign me up for more?" I actually rarely post reviews, so since he mentioned it, I thought I would. He showed me each item, and we read the cards to learn more. He especially liked the nuclear grade zirconium and the Baobab seeds. He said that the items are really special and rare not things you would get anywhere else. The box made him want to learn more about the items, and we looked some things up on the internet together. He liked telling me what he knew already or had learned about the objects. The items related to different areas of science - biology, chemistry, physics and also touched upon history and culture. Cool box - thank you and can't wait for the next one!

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Can't Reach Them Any Other Way?

Aug 24, 2020
James W.
2 Reviews
Subscribed for 2 months
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It looks like this is the only way to reach them, as I've tried sending them messages via CrateJoy and their own site.

My first box has been lost in the Postal system for 12 days now, and I can't get this vendor to respond to my calls for help. Caveat Emptor!

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MATTER said...Aug 25, 2020

Hello,

I apologize for the delay. Due to the current situation with the USPS, our 3-person team has been inundated with a deluge messages just like yours.

We have received your email and we are responding to them all in the order received. We are sending out replacements for boxes that have been delayed as long as yours. But there is nothing we can do to speed up the boxes that have already left our facility, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee the replacements will arrive any sooner than the first boxes.

We appreciate your patience while we diligently work to make sure all of our customers receive what they paid for. We appreciate you supporting our small business that relies directly upon a functioning postal service.

Terry, Founder @...

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