6 March - 29 June 2009. The title of this exhibition refers to the doors of sacred shrines which held statues of ancient Egyptian gods. Egyptians likened death to reincarnation, believing that death was simply a temporary interruption rather than the end. The opening of the tomb's sacred doors allowed humans a glimpse into a celestial world. Closing the doors allowed the god to proceed to the afterlife. This comprehensive exhibition focuses primarily on four themes: the ordered universe, the beyond, the tomb chapel and the temple forecourt. It also explores the fascinating world of mummies, vast fortunes of gold and the slightly scary concept of a shadowy underworld reached through the mists of the mysterious river Styx.
Wed-Mon: 09.00-20.00 Closed Tuesday
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Gates of Heaven at the Louvre
Napoleon Hall, Musée du Louvre: Entrance via the pyramid, the Galerie du Carrousel, or Passage Richelieu. Tel: +33 (0)1 4020 5760