Humans are naturally curious. Toddlers will pick up a leaf or a handful of dirt like it’s a thrilling discovery—and isn’t it? Indulging our curiosity about the world around us with a microscope allows us to marvel at the magnificent architecture of organisms and matter. Collectors can solve mysteries of a coin’s age or the contents of a barely legible document. Students will gain a greater understanding of biology, forensics, and epidemiology, and artists intrigued by fractal geometry can find new shapes to inform their designs. Here are four excellent microscopes to get you started.