We have expanded from our well-established location in the Methodist Church at 25A Buitenkant Street, into a second venue in a neighbouring building in the same road. Number 15 Buitenkant Street- now the D6M Homecoming Centre- is known to many Capetonians as the old Sacks Futeran textile and soft goods warehouse. The stories told by the exhibitions in these two locations have been synergised to provide visitors with an in depth understanding of an important part of the country's history. The Homecoming Centre serves to showcase some of the Museum’s new work.
Two exhibitions about football were introduced between October 2008 and June 2010. These are the Fields of Play exhibition - followed by Offside.
In May 2012, the new 'tafel' area that is framed by the Van Kalker exhibition and photography studio, replaced Fields of Play.
In 2002 the Museum was able to purchase the Sacks Futeran building (now the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre) after receiving a generous grant from Atlantic Philanthropies and a substantial reduction in the purchase price from the then owner, Mr Martin Futeran. The building is ideally located two blocks away from the current Museum building. It is also located at the interface between a precinct demarcated as the East City Precinct, and the area nominated as a National Heritage Site.
This large building has formed an important part of the history of District Six and has begun to play an important role in its current life as well. It is in reality a complex of five interconnected buildings consisting of nineteenth and twentieth century warehouses with a remnant portion of an old Gothic-style church as its centrepiece. It was in dire need of restoration and most of the work was enabled through a Legacy grant from the National Lottery Development Trust Fund (NLDTF). In addition to fulfilling the role of being a ‘homecoming centre’ to returning families and a centre for education and memory work, this facility has contributed to the Museum’s financial sustainability by providing space for events and for rental, with the Fugard Theatre being the tenant occupying the largest portion of space. Soon an outsourced coffee shop will enhance our offering as a public space in the city.
The D6M Homecoming Centre is set to become an important hub for the engagement of visitors to the city as it has become for the communities with which the Museum works.
The D6M Homecoming Centre is a place from which information will be disseminated, and also where visitors can experience in micro-form, some of the potential encounters possible as part of the broader District Six city experience. There will be opportunities to engage with films from the archive as well as promotional footage on the Museum, storytelling, cultural performances, to have a meal, purchase gifts and books, or lounge around and read, and in future even book tours and tickets for other partner sites. Soon Wi-Fi facilities will be available to the general public. Further research and partnerships are needed to create this vibrant space in the city.