Q&A: Philadelphia Museum of Art's Elizabeth Milroy

Milroy’s got a secret spot in Maine where she watches eagles fly. But don’t get too excited. She’s not telling where.

Elizabeth Milroy, 58, Bala Cynwyd
Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education for Public Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Coolest thing about her job: Being at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, of course.

The last thing she read: When Bosses Ruled Philadelphia: The Emergence of the Republican Machine by Peter McCaffery. I’m also reading Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana. It’s the 1835 journal of a Harvard undergraduate who took a leave of absence to sail around Cape Horn to California.

The last thing she ate that she loved: I went to Scotland in June and had a haggis burger. We also had a trout pâté made from a fish I’d caught earlier that day.

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Role models: My parents and grandfather. When I was a child growing up in Ottawa, the director of the National Gallery of Canada, Jean Boggs, was also an early role model.

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The perfect vacation: Sitting on an island in Maine. We have an eagles’ nest where we go, and it’s amazing to watch the fledglings learn to fish.

What she likes most about herself: I like people, I’m very friendly, and I’m really curious.

Pet peeve: Intolerant people.

What she admires most about others: That they’re people. People are all different, with different sensibilities, curiosities and questions and insights.

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Country or rock? Rock over country, but I’m pretty eclectic in terms of music. My preference is classical, and it’ll usually be Mozart.

Ketchup or mustard? Mustard on most everything—Grey Poupon on bratwurst is always a special treat.

Words to live by: Seize the day.

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