America's Millennium

The main event Friday is the celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Actor Will Smith will host the three-hour nationally televised show on CBS, which starts at 10 p.m. on Friday, New Year's Eve. The entertainment will actually begin an hour earlier, at 9 p.m. with concerts by military bands. Joining Smith will be Jessye Norman and fellow opera diva Kathleen Battle; actors Robert Duvall, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sam Waterston and Diane Keaton; Luke Creswell and the company of "Stomp"; singers Trisha Yearwood, Bono, Luther Vandross, Usher, Tom Jones, Don McLean, Kathy Mattea, Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Rogers and BeBe Winans; and numerous other celebrities. Poet laureate Robert Pinsky, poet Rita Dove and author Maya Angelou will read original poems.

At 11:30, a live orchestra will premiere a score by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams as a Steven Spielberg film, "The Unfinished Journey," is shown on four giant screens--one in front of the Lincoln Memorial and three on one side of the Reflecting Pool. Just before midnight, President Clinton, speaking from the Lincoln Memorial, will address the nation on television. And at midnight, there will be a high-powered fireworks show, with pyrotechnic cascades ascending the Washington Monument. After the fireworks, there will be more entertainment for 50 minutes and then a five-minute fireworks finale fired from barges anchored in the Potomac behind the Lincoln Memorial.

For more information, call 888/294-2100 or visit the Web site: www.si.edu/americasmillennium.

The area of the Mall from 17th Street west to the Lincoln Memorial, between Constitution and Independence avenues, will be fenced off. Public access will be through four entrances only: 17th Street at the Rainbow Pool (two entrances), Constitution Avenue at 19th Street NW and Independence Avenue at the D.C. War Memorial entrance, just west of the Kutz Bridge. These entrances will open at 6 p.m. Alcohol will not be permitted on the Mall. The Washington Monument grounds will be closed to the public, though the sidewalks will remain open.

At the Smithsonian

Free family programs, concerts, performances and demonstrations are featured in the Smithsonian Institution's "America's Millennium on the Mall," Friday through Sunday from 11:30 to 5 in these museums: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.

Tickets to these free events have already been given away. Unclaimed seats will be given to standbys 15 minutes before each event. Halls will be cleared after each event. For more information, call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

The schedule of events: National Museum

of Natural History

Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian).

Friday 11:30 a.m. -- NBA Hall of Fame player Bill Russell and Washington Mystics players Chamique Holdsclaw and Nikki McCray will discuss "Basketball: We Come to Play."

1 p.m. -- Music star Ricky Skaggs discusses and demonstrates "Bluegrass: America's Roots Music."

2:30 p.m. -- Scholar Clay Jenkinson, activist Julian Bond and Richard West, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, discuss the "Paradox of Thomas Jefferson."

4 p.m. -- Actress Elizabeth Perry plays a women's rights advocate in "Sunflower: The Life and Loves of Elizabeth Cady Stanton."

Saturday 11:30 a.m. -- Dog-sledder Dave Monson discusses the Iditarod race.

1 p.m. -- Historian Philip Bock stars as the jurist in "Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Clear & Present Danger." Assistant Attorney General Bill Lann Lee and attorney Wesley Williams Jr. join the discussion.

2:30 p.m. -- Actor Edward James Olmos examines the history of Latino Americans in "Americanos."

4 p.m. -- Actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee enact vignettes from American history in "Making History."

Sunday

NOON -- Sports photographer Walter Iooss on "Capturing the Moment: 40 Years of Sports Photography."

2 p.m. -- Noel Pugach, a history professor at the University of New Mexico, on "Harry Truman: Good Horse Sense, Decency & Guts."

4 p.m. -- Legendary bluesman B.B. King and National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bill Ferris discuss "Blues: Past & Future."

National Museum

of American History Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian).

Friday

Noon -- Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon sings and discusses songs of the civil rights movement in "I Remember, I Believe."

1:30 p.m. -- Author/illustrator David Wisniewski on "Words & Pictures."

3 p.m. -- Children's author/

illustrator Yumi Heo on "A Heritage in Pictures & Words."

Saturday 11:30 a.m. -- Children's song leader Ella Jenkins on "The Future Is Our Children."

1 p.m. -- National Book Award recipient Virginia Hamilton on "Virginia Hamilton Reads Out Loud."

2:30 p.m. -- Author Gayle Ross on "Rabbit Meets Coyote: Trickster Tales."

4 p.m. -- Author/storyteller Jose Griego on "Cuentos & Songs From Northern New Mexico."

Sunday

Noon -- Jazz workshop by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Quintet.

1:30 p.m. -- Storyteller Marc Spiegel on "Fantasy for the Universal Child."

3 p.m. -- The Freestyle Union presents "SLAM! Poetry for Young People."

Hirshhorn Museum

and Sculpture Garden

Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW, (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza).

Friday Noon -- Physicist Neil Gershenfeld and other scholars from MIT discuss "Glimpsing the Future: Technologies for the Millennium."

1:15 p.m. -- Christopher Chyba, Seth Shostak, Kent Cullers and Dan Werthimer, from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, discuss "Searching for Extraterrestrial Life in the New Millennium."

2:30 p.m. -- Computer entrepreneur/

MIT professor Ray Kurzweil discusses "The Age of Spiritual Machines."

3:45 p.m. -- Officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discuss "Are Humans Endangered?"

Saturday

Noon -- Author/sportswriter John Feinstein talks about "Can Sports Be Mended in the New Millennium?"

1:15 p.m. -- Physicists Neil Gershenfeld and Philip Morrison, 8-year-old David Dalrymple, 16-year-old Hillary McQuaide and MIT doctoral candidate Yael Maguire discuss "What's in Your Future?"

2:30 p.m. -- Chefs Martin Yan, Vertamae Grosvenor and Raji Jallepalli discuss "The Future of American Taste."

4:30 p.m. -- U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky on "The Future of Literature."

Sunday Noon -- "The Future of Planet Earth," with James Baker, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Charles G. Groat, director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

1:15 p.m. -- Writer Virginia Postrel on "The Open Future: Progress Without a Plan."

2:30 p.m. -- "The Future of Democracy," with Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

3:45 p.m. -- "The Prospect of Peace," by Richard H. Solomon, president of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

National Air

and Space MuseumSixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza)

Children will be invited to participate in the Mars Millennium Project, a contest to design a village settlement on Mars. The activities run from 11 to 3 Friday and Saturday. All talks take place in the Space Hall.

Friday

12:15 -- Living and working in space, by shuttle astronaut Roger Crouch.

1 -- Exploring Mars, by Donna Shirley, former manager of the Mars Pathfinder program.

2 -- Visiting Mir, by shuttle astronaut Wendy Lawrence.

3 -- Becoming a space engineer, by Donna Shirley.

4 -- Visiting Mir, by Wendy Lawrence.

Saturday

11 -- Exploring Mars, by Donna Shirley.

The District

Of Columbia Celebration

The District of Columbia's "Main Street Millennium" festival is Friday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Constitution Avenue NW, between Ninth and 14th streets.

The festival will feature huge tents with interactive exhibits showcasing Washington and five stages of entertainment. Partygoers can buy tickets for the food and drink that will be served at four heated pavilions throughout the festival area. Eight tickets will cost $5. Food and drink items will require differing numbers of tickets.

For more information, call 202/727-8449 or visit the Web site: www.2000dc.com.

Here is the schedule (subject to change):

Friday

Millennium Stage

On 12th Street just north of Constitution Avenue:

10 a.m. -- Marine Band concert

11 -- Opening ceremony, with the president and Hillary Clinton, Mayor Anthony Williams.

1:30 -- Okyerema Asante with Plunky (African percussion)

3 -- Brother Ah World Music Ensemble

4:15 -- Nap Turner Sextet (blues)

5:35 -- Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun (folk)

7 -- Mary Jefferson (blues/jazz)

8:30 -- Ben Andrews Trio

10 -- Joe Stanley/Big Four Combo (swing/R&B)

11 -- Joe Stanley/Big Four Combo

Southwest Stage

On Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets:

12:15 -- Bob Smith as Benjamin Banneker

1:15 -- Los de la Mount Pleasant (salsa)

2:30 -- Ivan Cuesta y sus Vallenatos Autenticos (Latin/Colombian)

4 -- Cecily Patterson (as Sojourner Truth)

5 -- Umoja String Quartet

6:30 -- United House of Prayer Brass Band

8 -- Djimo Kouyate & Mamaya African Jazz

9:30 -- Broto Roy (Indian)

11 -- Charles Sayles Quartet (electronic harmonica)

Southeast Stage

On Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets:

12 -- Chinese entertainers

1 -- Shir Delite (klezmer)

2:30 -- Don Nunley Trio (sax)

4 -- Los de la Mount Pleasant

5:05 -- Cecily Patterson as Sojourner Truth

5:35 -- Bob Smith as Benjamin Banneker

6:30 -- Rising Sun (reggae)

8 -- Movement (poetry)

9:30 -- Charles Sayles Quartet

11 -- Kenny Reed Quartet (trumpet)

Northwest Stage

On Constitution Avenue between 10th and 12th Streets:

12:30 -- Don Nunley Trio

2:10 -- Shir Delite

3:30 -- Danny Doyle (Irish)

5 -- Okyerema Asante with Plunky

6:30 -- Umoja String Quartet

8 -- Broto Roy & Ganga

9:30 -- Kenny Reed Quartet

11 -- Mary Jefferson

Northeast Stage:

On Constitution Avenue between 10th and 12th streets:

12:30 -- United House of Prayer Brass Band

2 -- Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun

3:30 -- Bob Smith as Benjamin Banneker

4 -- Jean Claude Toran (poet)

5 -- Danny Doyle

6:30 -- Brother Ah

8 -- Nap Turner Sextet

9:40 -- Ben Andrews Trio

11 -- Moya (soul)

Saturday

Millennium Stage:

11 -- Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels

12:30 -- Don Rouse Spasm Band

2 -- Sonny Til's Legendary Orioles

3:30 -- John Cephas & Phil Wiggins

5 -- Keter Betts Trio

Southwest Stage: 11 -- Sonny Til's Legendary Orioles

12:30 -- Blues Work Trio

2 -- Cephas & Wiggins

3:30 -- John Jackson

5 -- Rising Sun

Southeast Stage:

11 -- Lauren Lewis portrays a slave girl

11:25 -- Amitiyah Hyman portrays an Indian girl

12 -- Bob Smith as Benjamin Banneker

12:45 -- Curtis Pope and the Midnight Movers

2:15 -- Don Sheehy's Mariachi Amigos

3:45 -- Sunny Sumter Quartet

5 -- Movement (poetry and music)

Northwest Stage:

11 -- Blues Work Trio

12:30 -- John Jackson

2 -- Keter Betts Trio

3:30 -- Curtis Pope & the Midnight Movers

5 -- Sunny Sumter quartet

Northeast Stage:

11 -- Bob Smith as Benjamin Banneker

12 -- Lauren Lewis portrays a slave girl

12:30 -- Amitiyah Hyman portrays an Indian girl

1:15 -- Poet Jean Claude Toran

2 -- Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels

3:30 -- Don Sheehy's Mariachi Amigos

5 -- Jesse Winch & Celtic Thunder

OTHER THINGS TO DO

So you've decided to head downtown (along with umpteen of your closest friends) to partake in "America's Millennium on the Mall" and the "Main Street Millennium."

But what to do if you can't get in to see Ricky Skaggs, or if you just need to kill time between Pookie Hudson and Robert Pinsky? Fortunately, you're in museum country, where plenty of great alternatives to millennial madness beckon.NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY -- 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). "Galapagos," the stunning 3-D IMAX film in the Samuel C. Johnson Theater, is its own sound-and-light show. While at the museum, you might also check out the new, permanent African Voices Hall or the special exhibition "Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People." The museum is open daily from 10 to 5:30. "Galapagos" screens daily at 10:15, 1, 2 and 4:40. Tickets are $6.50, $5.50 for children 2 through 17 and for seniors 55 and older. Admission to the museum is free. 202/357-2700 (TDD: 357-1729).

HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN -- Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza). There's a lot of new stuff, including the large--and largely lovely--"Regarding Beauty" survey of contemporary art and an exhibit of watercolor miniatures by Pakistan-born painter Shahzia Sikander. Outside are two newly installed sculptures by the majestic Mark di Suvero and the mercenary Jeff Koons. The Hirshhorn is open 10 to 5 daily. Free. 202/357-2700 (TDD: 357-1729).

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY -- 950 Independence Ave. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). This gallery has mounted three small but worthy shows around the theme of Orientalism: Antoin Sevruguin's photos of Iran from the late 1870s to the 1930s, Jananne al-Ani's contemporary photographic meditation on the subject of the veil and a calligraphy sampler from antiquity to today. Without ever leaving the building, you can also scurry underground to the nearby National Museum of African Art (1050 Independence Ave. SW), where an exhibition on Ghanaian kente cloth will be up through Sunday. Both are open 10 to 5:30 daily. Free. 202/357-2700 (TDD: 357-1729).

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART -- The Gallery is at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, and the ice skating rink is at Seventh and Constitution (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). The gallery will be open Friday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 11 to 6, but is closed New Year's Day. Its new Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink, normally open 10 to 10 on Fridays and Saturdays, will close at 5 on Friday and won't reopen until Sunday from 11 to 10. Inside the museum are some great special exhibits on Johannes Vermeer's "The Art of Painting," Chinese archaeology, the Parisian photographs of Brassai and favorite works from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Free. 202/737-4215 (TDD: 202/842-6176).

CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART -- 500 17th St. NW (Metro: Farragut West). The Corcoran has eight special exhibitions, the best of which are Annie Leibovitz's photographs of famous, infamous and unfamous women; sculptor Tara Donovan's fuzzy installation made from four tons of nylon fiber; and a large survey of art from the collections of America's historically black colleges and universities. The Corcoran is open 10 to 5 Friday and Sunday; it's closed Saturday, New Year's Day. Admission is by suggested donation of $3; $1 for seniors and students; $5 for family groups. 202/639-1700.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES -- Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). The original, signed Emancipation Proclamation will be on view through Sunday. Open 10 to 5:30 daily. Free. 202/501-5000.

OLD PATENT OFFICE BUILDING -- Eighth Street between G and F streets NW (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown). This building, home to two museums, is getting ready to shut down for three years of renovation. You can still catch National Portrait Gallery exhibits on Ernest Hemingway, the caricatures of Edward Sorel, the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the daguerreotypes of Augustus Washington. Under the same roof, the National Museum of American Art features the watercolors of Edward Hopper and a small taste of paintings and sculptures from the Sara Roby Foundation collection. Both museums open 10 to 5:30 daily. Free. 202/357-2700 (TDD:357-1729).

--Michael O'Sullivan

Places to Eat

While several of the museums on the Mall have cafeterias, including the National Gallery of Art and the Air and Space, Natural History and American History museums, they are likely to be packed during the festivities.

The pavilions at the District's "Main Street Millennium" celebration on Constitution Avenue between 10th and 14th streets NW will feature food by area restaurants from 11 to midnight Friday and 11 to 6 Saturday. And the sidewalk concessionaires will be around. For those who'd like something more substantial, here are some restaurants in the vicinity that will be open over the weekend.

AMERICA -- In Union Station at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Metro: Union Station). 202/682-9555. Open Friday 11:30 to 4, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. on. Casual menu of sandwiches, entrees and "regional specialities."

AMERICAN GRILL -- In Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza). 202/484-1000. Open daily from 6:30 on. Nice, broad family fare.

AUSTIN GRILL -- 750 E St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown). 202/393-3776. Open Friday 11 to 3, Saturday and Sunday from 11 on. Good Tex-Mex food, excellent chips and salsa, funky atmosphere, great music.

B. SMITH'S -- In Union Station at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Metro: Union Station). 202/289-6188. Opens Friday at 5, Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11:30. Updated southern fare with both soul and smarts.

BERTOLINI'S -- 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). 202/638-2140. Open Friday 11:30 to 8, closed Saturday, open Sunday 11:30 to 9. Modern-Italian yuppie magnet.

BIS -- In Hotel George, 15 E St. NW (Metro: Union Station). 202/661-2700. Open Friday, fixed-price only after 5:30; Saturday 11:30 to 4:30; Sunday from 11:30 on. Classic French bistro fare in large portions and upscale atmosphere.

CAFE ATLANTICO -- 405 Eighth St. NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). 202/393-0812. Friday, fixed-priced dinner only after 5; Saturday and Sunday after 5. Quirky and satisfying Mediterranean fare.

CAPITAL GRILLE -- 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). 202/737-6200. Open Friday 11:30 to 3, dinner seatings at 5, 8 and 11 only; Saturday and Sunday from 5 on. Expense-account steakhouse with opportunities for celebrity sightings.

CHRISTOPHER MARK'S -- 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). 202/628-5939. Open Friday and Saturday from 11:30, Sunday at 4. Upscale surf 'n' turf but kid-friendly.

CORNER BAKERY -- In the National Press Building at 14th and F streets NW (Metro: Metro Center). 202/662-7400. Open Friday 9 to 5, Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday 10 to 3. Gourmet salads and sandwiches.

LES HALLES -- 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). 202/347-6848. Open daily from 11:30. Franco-American steakhouse with the atmosphere of a French cafe.

HARD ROCK CAFE -- 999 E St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown). 202/737-7625. Open Friday lunch only 11 to 3, Saturday and Sunday from 11 on. Hamburgers, barbecue, nachos.

NATIONAL PLACE -- 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Metro Center). Food court open Friday noon to 5, closed Saturday, open Sunday noon to 5.

OCCIDENTAL GRILL -- In the Willard Hotel at 15th and Pennsylvania NW (Metro: Metro Center). 202/783-1475. Opens Friday for fixed-price only at 5, seatings at 7:30 and 10. Saturday at 5 and Sunday from noon on. Modern-eclectic American fare with casual in-crowd atmosphere and good views.

OLD EBBITT GRILL -- 675 15th St. NW (Metro: Metro Center). 202/347-4801. Open Friday 7 to 5, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 on. Tavern fare made modern American; signature chili and oyster bar.

OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION -- 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). Food court open Friday 10 to 5, closed Saturday, open Sunday noon to 6.

PALOMINO EURO BISTRO-- In the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center at 13th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). 202/842-9800. Cafe opens Friday at 11:30, dining room opens Saturday at 5, Sunday at noon. Mod-California fare, from pizzas to rotisserie chickens.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD -- 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). 202/783-7827. Open Friday and Saturday from 11 to 7, Sunday from 11 to 10:30. Pub-plus fare.

TGI FRIDAY'S -- 12th and Pennsylvania NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). 202/628-8443. Open Friday at noon, Saturday and Sunday from 11 on. Familiar family franchise with reliable and fairly varied fare.

UNION STATION -- 50 Massachusetts Ave. NW (Metro: Union Station). Food court open Friday 10 to 6, closed Saturday, open Sunday noon to 6.

-- Eve Zibart

Fun for the Whole Family

The Mall is home to many adventures, including these that you and your children might enjoy. One major attraction--the Washington Monument--is not open to the public this millennial weekend. Admission to the Smithsonian museums is free. For more information, call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729) or the numbers listed below. NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM -- Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza). This museum tells the story of flight and space exploration through exhibits, interactive displays, computer kiosks, multimedia shows and movies. On exhibit are more than 360 important aircraft, about 300 rockets and space vehicles and hundreds of other aeronautical items. Movies in the Samuel P. Langley IMAX Theater are: "To Fly!" daily at 10:10, 12:20, 2:30 and 4:40. "Cosmic Voyage," daily at 10:45, 12:55, 3:05 and 5:15. "Mission to Mir," daily at 11:30, 1:40 and 3:50. "Wolves," daily at 6. "Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun," Friday-Sunday at 6:45. Admission is $5.50, $4.25 seniors and children 2 through 17. Call 202/357-1686. In the Albert Einstein Planetarium, multimedia programs on astronomy and space are offered every 40 minutes from 11 to 5. Admission is $3.75. The museum also has a restaurant and cafeteria. Call 202/357-1686.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM -- 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). This may have it all for children: dinosaurs, jewels and bugs. Start in the Rotunda, where an African bush elephant dominates the area. Dinosaurs, including a life-size model of a pterosaur with a 40-foot wingspan and an 80-foot diplodocus, are featured in the first floor Dinosaurs Hall. The Hope Diamond, said to be cursed, is the star of the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals. And tarantulas, live giant cockroaches and other crawling things can be found in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo. The museum has a restaurant.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY -- 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian). The museum explores the rich diversity of American history, offering interactive exhibits that will draw children in. In the Hands-On History Room, visitors can send a telegraph message and pedal a highwheel bicycle. In the Hands-On Science Center, experimenters can measure radioactive hot spots, explore magnetism and measure distances with a laser. Major exhibits include the Star-Spangled Banner, steam locomotives, military history and dresses worn by first ladies. The museum has a restaurant.

THE CAROUSEL -- On the Mall just north of the Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). The carousel runs from 11 to 5 weekdays, 10 to 6 weekends, weather permitting. Rides are $1.25.

OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION -- 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). Take the elevator to the tower for a grand view of the capital city. Open 10 to 5 Friday, closed Saturday and open noon to 6 Sunday.

WHITE HOUSE -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: McPherson Square). The White House will be open to visitors on Saturday, New Year's Day, from noon to 2. No tickets are required. The line will begin at the southeast gate of the White House, East Executive Avenue and E Street NW. All in line by 2 will be admitted. 202/208-1631.

CELEBRATING ON THE MALL

With three New Year's celebrations going on this weekend, you need a map to keep track. So here's a guide to the "America's Millennium" event Friday night at the Lincoln Memorial, "America's Millennium on the Mall" Friday through Sunday at several Smithsonian museums and the District of Columbia's "Main Street Millennium" festival Friday and Saturday along Constitution Avenue NW.

And because we know you can't live by millennium festivities alone, we've included a guide to several nearby restaurants, and we've suggested diversions for grown-ups and kids beyond the millennial offerings.

Here you'll find the locations of all these events as well as the restaurants and other destinations. On Pages 27 and 30, we give you more details, including complete schedules.

So pull out this map and take it with you. Happy New Year.

GETTING AROUND

Travel is expected to be very heavy around the Mall on New Year's Eve, and parking on the street may be nonexistent. Metro subway trains will run until 3 a.m., buses until 4 a.m.

Non-rush-hour fares will apply all day. Parking in Metro lots will be free. The Lincoln Memorial is not close to Metro stations, so Metro will run free shuttle buses between the Lincoln Memorial and its Pentagon, Rosslyn, Farragut West, Farragut North and Waterfront stations from 1 a.m. until all crowds have cleared. The Arlington Cemetery stop, across the Memorial Bridge and usually closed at night, will be open until 3 a.m.

Metro strongly recommends that passengers buy a round-trip Farecard on their way to the festivities to avoid long lines at the Farecard machines on their return. For more information, call 202/637-7000 or visit Metro's Web site: www.wmata.com/.

RESTAURANTS NEAR THE MALL

1.America

In Union Station at 50Massachusetts NE

(Metro: Union Station)

2.American Grill

In Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW

(Metro: L'Enfant Plaza)

3.Austin Grill

750 E St. NW

(Metro: GalleryPlace/Chinatown)

4. B. Smith's

In Union Station at 50 Massachusetts NE

(Metro: Union Station)

5.Bertolini's

801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

(Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

6.Bis

In Hotel George, 15 E St. NW (Metro: Union Station)

7.Cafe Atlantico

405 Eighth St. NW

(Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

8.Capital Grille

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

9.Christopher Mark's

1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle)

10.Corner Bakery

In the National Press Building at 14th and F streets NW

(Metro: Metro Center)

11.Les Halles

1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Metro: Federal Triangle)

12.Hard Rock Cafe

999 E St. NW

(Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown)

13.National Place Food Court 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

(Metro: Metro Center)

14.Occidental Grill

In the Willard Hotel at 15th and Pennsylvania NW

(Metro: Metro Center)

15.Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St. NW

(Metro: Metro Center)

16.Old Post Office Pavilion Food Court

12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle)

17.Palomino Euro Bistro

In the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center at 13th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle)

18.Planet Hollywood

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle)

19.TGI Friday's

12th and Pennsylvania NW (Metro: Federal Triangle)

20.Union Station Food Court 50 Massachusetts Ave. NW

(Metro: Union Station)

*For details on each destination see Page 30.

OTHER DIVERSIONS

National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW

(Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian)

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

950 Independence Ave. SW

(Metro: Smithsonian)

National Museum of African Art

1050 Independence Ave. SW

(Metro: Smithsonian)

National Gallery of Art

Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW

(Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Sculpture Garden and Ice Skating Rink

Seventh and Constitution NW

(Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Corcoran Gallery of Art

500 17th St. NW

(Metro: Farragut West)

National Archives

Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW

(Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Old Patent Office Building

Eighth Street between G and F streets NW

(Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown)

*For details on these destinations see Page 30.

AMERICA'S MILLENNIUM

The main event Friday is the celebration at the Lincoln Memorial during which actor Will Smith will host a three-hour nationally televised show, which starts at 10 p.m. At 11:30, a live orchestra will premiere a score by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams as a Steven Spielberg film, "The Unfinished Journey," is shown on giant screens on two sides of the Reflecting Pool. Just before midnight, President Clinton, speaking from the Lincoln Memorial, will address the nation on television. And at midnight, there will be a high-powered fireworks show at the Washington Monument. A five-minute fireworks finale fired from barges anchored in the Potomac behind the Lincoln Memorial will end the evening around 1.

For more details, see Page 27.

THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS

National Air and Space Museum

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW

(Metro: L'Enfant Plaza)

National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian)

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian)

The Carousel

On the Mall just north of the Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW

(Metro: Smithsonian)

Old Post Office Pavilion

12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle)

White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

(Metro: McPherson Square)

*For details on these destinations see Page 30.

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CELEBRATION

The District of Columbia's "Main Street Millennium" festival is Friday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Constitution Avenue NW, between Ninth and 14th streets.

The festival will feature tents with interactive exhibits showcasing Washington and five stages of entertainment. The pavilions will also feature food by area restaurants. The closest Metro stops are Federal Triangle, Archives/Navy Memorial and Smithsonian.

See a detailed schedule on Page 27.

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Free family programs, concerts, performances and demonstrations are featured in the Smithsonian Institution's "America's Millennium on the Mall," Friday through Sunday in the following museums:

The Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium

Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW, (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian)

The National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian)

The National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian)

National Air and Space Museum

Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza)

See a detailed schedule on Page 27.