To open a directory on a computer with a graphical interface, you double-click on a folder. It opens, and you are now "in" that folder.
To open a directory in a terminal, you use the cd command to change your current directory. This essentially opens that folder and places you in it.
$ pwd /home/tux $ ls example.txt Documents Downloads Music Pictures Templates Videos $ cd Documents $ pwd /home/tux/Documents
To close a directory on a computer with a graphical interface, you close the window representing that directory.
You don't have to close directories in a terminal, but you can always navigate away from a location you've made your current directory. The cd command, issued alone with no arguments, takes you back home.
bash$ cd bash$ pwd /home/tux