MATTER

The best science subscription box. All science, no fluff.

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  • All boxes ship in the first week of each month, typically on the 4th. Your first box will ship in the first week of the next month, no matter what day you subscribe. Past boxes and Best-of-Matter collections available to ship immediately. Visit our direct site for information about past boxes!
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Subscriptions automatically renew. Cancel anytime
A MONTHLY COLLECTION OF REAL SCIENTIFIC ARTIFACTS
MATTER is a subscription box for curious minds. Each month, you'll receive a collection of materials, objects, specimens, or artifacts that have been carefully selected as some of the most interesting pieces of matter in our accessible universe. Part museum, part lab project, these items will feed your curiosity and help you spark someone else's.
  • 5–6 items in every box, typically valued around $50
  • As featured by Mental Floss and Buzzfeed
  • Recommended for adults, or kids with adult supervision
  • Now with 100% carbon-neutral shipping

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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 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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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

MATTER 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 There, This looks like a really unique subscription box! I read that you could purchase past boxes that are available and could be shipped right away. How do I go about this? I’d love to review a list of past boxes available and buy one. I’ve sent a form through the contact page but have yet to hear back and would like to do this as a birthday present for someone. Thanks, AshleyAsked by Ashley C., August 2019

MATTER answered...August 2019

Hi Ashley, Past boxes are available from our direct site, boxofmatter. com. There you can purchase a discounted box of past items, a complete box with 1 of everything we’ve got in stock, or one of our best-of collections. We’re also happy to fill any special requests when possible.

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Try checking directly on Matter’s website. It’s a great box!!

by Mandy M., August 2019

MATTER reviewsReviews

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Awesome Box

Mar 08, 2019
Cody N.
1 Review
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7 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
2 Reviews
32 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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Very interesting

Aug 12, 2019
Tomko
1 Review
3 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 1 month
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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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This was such a fun and interesting box!

Nov 06, 2019
Matthew W.
17 Reviews
33 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 10 days
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I really loved this box! What an amazing assortment of items that are interesting and fun to learn about, I do think the price is a little high, and would be much more likely to keep getting this if were a little bit lower, but it’s a fun box to get every now and then. If you have children or grandchildren, I can’t think of a much better box to get to be educational and fun.

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Loved by a 12 yr old Science fan

Aug 15, 2019
Tyra G.
1 Review
2 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 17 days
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I got this box for my nephew, who’s 12. He loved his first box and was so excited when it came. He showed all of us what was in it, and read the cards so we could appreciate his “finds”. He is planning on doing a painting using some 2 of the items. I am getting him a scrapbook like note book to store the cards and items he got in the box. And he hopes to take it to school to show his science teacher. It’s a big hit w him

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Awesome science box

Aug 05, 2019
Kristen L.
8 Reviews
13 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 15 days
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This was one of the coolest boxes I have ever ordered. Everything inside was so cool to view and hold. I wish it wasn't so expensive or else I would keep subscribing. I'll come back in the future when finances allow. Some good stuff happening with MATTER.

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Wonderfully unique

Dec 03, 2019
Stanton H.
1 Review
1 Helpful Vote
Subscribed for 4 months
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MATTER is truly a unique & thoughtful gift. I love this concept so much & have gotten so much positive feedback from my recipients that I have given a gift subscription to three different people!! I hope they are able to remain so well curated & unique for years to come (I want them to succeed but I secretly hope too many people don’t find out about this!).

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Scam dont buy this

Nov 19, 2019
Darrell T.
1 Review
3 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 1 month
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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.

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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,
-Terry

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Did Not Disappoint

Aug 10, 2019
Sharyl R.
3 Reviews
8 Helpful Votes
Subscribed for 24 days
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This box is so cool.

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#1 gift request in our house

Oct 23, 2019
Jennifer V.
2 Reviews
1 Helpful Vote
Subscribed for 3 months
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We LOVE matter boxes! We did a 6 month subscription for our teen son last Christmas and it's #1 on his list for this year. The seller ships out just as stated, emails are sent with tracking numbers (ships fast!), and if you EVER have a question about an item in the box or wish to purchase an additional box, the seller has AMAZING communication. Because of the communication alone, we've purchased additional special past boxes, as well as ones past our original subscription. The seller makes it very easy. The items are of great quality and there is always a card explaining each item. We've recieved things from Nasa, fossils, and items we've never heard of before, but are very interesting to learn about. If you love Science, you will look forward to this every month.

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