For young visitors, as well as a certain kind of geek, one of the most popular exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the Arms and Armor exhibit, which features historic weaponry from as early as the 14th century. While mostly from late Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the exhibit als contains arms from Asia and the Americas, including early firearms. In the future the exhibit will be the subject of a more extensive post on this blog. However, currently adjacent to the main Arms exhibit is a temporary exhibit on weapons from the Muslim world, on view until 2 Jan 2017.
The special exhibit is in conjunction with a book on the subject just published by the Met. Though most objects are from the 16th - 19th centuries, one Iranian sword dates from the 9th century. Several weapons look more ceremonial than combat-worthy, featuring encrusted jewels and beautiful scabbards. For medievalists and weapons enthusiasts it's an essential stop at the Met. It's room #380 and it's just East of the Arms and Armor exhibit on the 1st floor.
Remember that all exhibits at the Met are viewable with the museum's general admission, which is pay-as-you-wish. See the museum website for visiting information.