The 95 year old Strathmore Hall entered its current incarnation as a Montgomery County sponsored arts center in 1983. Before that it had many lives, including a brief stint as nunnery. Situated on 11 acres just off Rockville Pike, the historic brick building was recently renovated to the tune of $3.2 million. Much of that money went to create a suite of four interconnecting museum quality galleries on the second floor with state of the art lighting, security and humidity control. The galleries are able to accommodate high caliber shows or noteworthy individual collections. According to Millie Shott, Strathmore's curator and visual arts coordinator, there is only one or so "not for purchase" show per year. "Generally speaking, all the art on exhibit here is for sale." On the ground level is a second gallery, a gift shop, a music room where concerts are held and an outdoor sculpture garden. Shott boasts that there is no limit to the type of exhibits displayed, with something for every taste and budget. "I know that one o'clock is not the traditional hour for high tea," laughs Shott. "But if you've ever been on Rockville Pike at tea time, you'll know why we do it then."