Canada's Science and Technology Museum will reopen in 2017 after an $80 million renovation and repair job.

The Harper government announced the new funding at a late afternoon news conference on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says upgrading the museum is the proper fiscal decision for the federal government.

The money will be used to install a new roof and update the exhibit space.

The museum has been closed since September 2014 after mould was discovered in the roof and walls.

The plan is to reopen the museum in time for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations.

The Science and Technology Museum is actually a former bakery.

The museum first opened in 1967 in Canada's Centennial year.