Twenty-four wall-hung panels and photographs document the 3.3 million-strong community's contributions to various spheres of "American life and history" through the generations.
"One in every hundred Americans is estimated to have roots in India. More than one in every Indian American is either a doctor, a dentist, nurse or a Physical Therapist", reads a poster.
The aim of the exhibition, organisers say, is to break stereotypes by highlighting the contributions of Indian Americans in the form of cuisine, films, music or culture alone.
"First, I want visitors to walk away with an understanding of the vast and deep contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in shaping USA's history. Second, I want visitors to walk away questioning who is American and who is a foreigner? What is American history? Whose stories should be told as part of the history of the United States?" says Dr Masum Momaya, curator of The Smithsonian Institution, which hosts the show.
The pictures speak stories. There is one from 1906, that shows Indian immigrants on railway construction work. Another showcases Hargobind Khorana, the first Indian American Nobel laureate. An image of a cab tells the story of the Sikh cab drivers in the US, many of whom had fled India following the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
The exhibition has also struck a chord with Indians. Karthik Chidambaram, CEO of DCKAP an IT company in the Bay Area, who has chosen to not give up his Indian citizenship status, says, "I would take my kids to learn about Indian American contributions, be inspired and give back. It would be a great event to learn more about our roots and make even better contributions."