The Armory in the Met Opera

Met Opera Armory

The Metropolitan Opera is full of its own secrets and fascinating behind-the-scenes spots, which you can see on special upcoming tours. One of our favorite places inside is the armory, if you’ve been to the opera, you know there is often a lot of fighting going on.

In the back of the house, there is an armory filled floor to ceiling with weapons of different types and eras. Here you’ll find swords, guns, cross bows, lances, and even a medieval wrecking ball. Signs denote the type of weapon, like sweep hilted rapier, a popular civilian weapon from the 16th to the 18th centuries, or a broad sword.

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