Chamber Street Edinburgh

The First known name for the street which extended from Candlemaker Row at George IV Bridge included Chamber Street and Infirmary Street finishing in High School Yards was called Jamaica Street. (Ainslie’s map of Edinburgh 1580 – 1919).

The National Museum of Scotland


The National Museum of Scotland houses outstanding international collections from Science and Industry, The Natural World, Decorative Arts plus the History of Scotland from its geological beginnings to the 21st century and many other wonderful and interesting exhibits. The museum was modernised after a 2 year closure and was re-opened in July 2011. There are two parts to the building, the former Museum of Scotland and the modern extension of the building opened in 1998. The former Royal Museum opened in 1866. There are many things for adults and children to do and see on a cold wet summer day, such as becoming an astronaut. The museum is on 7 floors and has lifts and stairways connecting each area. There is also a café and restaurant. Entry is free.

 National Museum of Scotland Chamber Street Edinburgh  National Museum of Scotland Tower Entranc e Chamber Street Edinburgh

Scottish National Museum Entrance Hall

Nation Museum of Scotland Chamber Street Edinburgh entrance Hall


The statue of William Chambers stands at the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber Street. William Chambers was the Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1865 to 1869. Look at the panels on the base of the statue. He was a bookseller, printer and publisher. He was also responsible for the restoration of St Giles Cathedral. Chamber Street was named after him in 1867. The picture below shows the statue of William Chambers. Enter the Museum from the new extension and you will come across Sir Jackie Stewart’s Formula One Car.

 William Chambers Stands at the entrance to the National Museum of Scotland with the Tower entrance in the distance


William Playfair Born Benvie Dundee 1790 – 1857 The Statue of William Playfair Stands outside the National Museum of Scotland in Chamber Street close to the Playfair Library in the University of Edinburgh Building. William Playfair was a renowned architect and a leader of architectural methods.

William Playfair Chamber Street Edinburgh with Edinburgh University Old College at his back where the Playfair Library is housed




Link to Guthrie Street