Kherson is located in the south of Ukraine on the right bank of the Dnepr river. The city was founded in 1778 by Grigory Potemkin. It was the cradle of the Black Sea merchant navy. Kherson is a large sea and river port today. There are two museums in the city - the Museum of Local Lore and the Arts Museum, the Philharmonic Hall, the Puppet Theatre, the Music and Drama Theatre, numerious architectural monuments. The exposition of the Arts Museum includes paintings of 18-20th centuries.