FAQ

What is MATTER?

MATTER is a science subscription box full of interesting items every month. Our small team of dedicated scientists and science enthusiasts scour the Earth to find only the most interesting items to send to our subscribers. Each month's box includes about 3–6 items with a retail value of ~$50, so you come out ahead no matter the length of your subscription. We always include a wide range of items—some man-made, some natural, some modern, some prehistoric—so there's sure to be something to spark anyone's curiosity. Plus, each item is paired with an information card describing the item, as well as some interesting properties about it. MATTER will only feature proven scientific fatcs—never pseudoscience . Plus, each box is curated to be purely scientific, without non-scientific "merchandise" (t-shirts, stickers, plush toys) like so many other boxes. 

Who is MATTER for?

MATTER is for anyone who enjoys being mentally stimulated. Being science enthusiasts ourselves, we strive to make a box that we would be excited to receive. Most science boxes are geared strictly toward kids, but ours is designed with adults in mind as well. While it is educational and kid-friendly, some concepts may need to be explained by an adult (i.e. aerogel, the lightest known solid material). All items in our box come with an info card which can be used as a starting point for your independent research.

How much is MATTER?

MATTER starts at $40 for a single month, but the price of each box drops dramatically for longer subscriptions. For example, a 12-month subscription is $300, which comes to $25/box. Shipping is an additional $3/month for subscribers within the US. We ship via USPS First Class to keep costs as low as possible and this shipping fee only partially covers that cost. International shipping is calculated at checkout. We also offer educational discounts for teachers and schools, feel free to send your POs to terry@boxofmatter.com.

When can I expect my MATTER?

We ship all boxes on the 4th day of each month (unless the 4th falls on a  Sunday or federal holiday, in which case they'll go out on the 5th). The cutoff for subscribing is the end of the previous month. For example, if you subscribe any day in November, your first box will ship on December 4th. We ship via USPS First Class, so all subscribers within the US should receive their boxes within 3-5 days. International orders will take some time, possibly up to several weeks. You'll receive an email with a tracking code when your box ships.

Can I order past MATTER items?

We occasionally have some leftover items after shipping all subscriptions out. If you are interested in a particular item we've featured in a previous MATTER box, feel free to email terry@boxofmatter.com to see if we have any more available.