On the International Space Station, brave astro-pioneers pass the time by making crafts—namely, dreamcatchers to catch the dreams of any nearby aliens dreaming of attacking Earth. Help your own hobbies along with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of hobby goods, educational toys, and more at American Science & Surplus on Oklahoma Avenue.
Founded in or around 1937, American Science & Surplus exists today in the form of a science-oriented hobby store. It’s stocked with often quaint, sometimes unexpected, and plenty useful doodads, geegaws, parts, and tools for tinkerers, hobbyists, science buffs, and lovers of the curious and strange. Pick up lab glass and vessels (starting at $2.95) in which to make sand or grab a windmill generator or enviro-battery kit (starting at $11.95) for experimenting with green science. For lackluster homesteads, there’s house and garden trappings, such as chopping mats ($1.95 each), LED booklights (starting at $3.75), and a semi-autonomous bug bot ant ($11.95), a leggy little robot who will create his own electronic hill outside your abode. Dig through large spools of chain, dishes full of severed doll appendages, wide swathes of tiny toys in plastic wrap, military surplus, and infinitely more. The profusion of neatly categorized stuff and riot of color that is the AS&S shop is stimulus for at least five of the seven human senses––hobby-happy and crafty craftsfolk will salivate upon first glance.
- This place is the absolute coolest when it comes to variety. From rubber chickens and bacon band-aids, to Erlenmeyer flasks and Bunsen burners...and everything in between. It is truly indescribable. – Kate K., Yelp
- There is so much to see. The staff is really helpful. It is just plain fun to spend time in this store. – Diana B., InsiderPages
6901 W Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53219Get Directions